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Omega (Westport). 2012;65(4):251-5.

A call to the field: complicated grief in the DSM-5.

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  • 1The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886, USA. tarando@cox.net


While complicated grief has been addressed in part through some recommendations for modifications in the upcoming fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there remain reasons for substantial concern about its scope therein and within clinical practice. The authors issue a call to the field, reiterating that complicated grief is complicated and cannot be confined to just one syndrome or disorder. Continued research is urged, and specific caveats are identified for exploring the complex dimensions of loss and grief. The authors advocate for ongoing dialogue about and investigation of various potential forms of complicated grief.

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