Source Pravda.Ru

Combination therapy is to help avoiding of post-traumatic stress

Sadness and feelings of loss are normal parts of the grieving process, but for some people the death of a loved one triggers a phenomenon dubbed complicated grief, which resembles both major &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/fun/2002/06/28/31363.html ' target=_blank>depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Because existing treatments haven't worked for people with complicated grief, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have developed a promising technique that combines interpersonal depression treatment with PTSD treatment.

The good news: The &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/science/2005/05/05/59592.html ' target=_blank>combination therapy had a 51 percent response rate compared with 28 percent for standard depression treatment, tells the Forbes.

According to the Washington Post, researchers estimate that 10 percent to 15 percent of the surviving relatives of people who die naturally experience complicated grief, Prigerson said. She said people who lose someone they were emotionally dependent on are at greatest risk.

She is working to get the disorder recognized in the American Psychiatric Association's next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The next DSM-V will be published in 2012.

Dr. Michael First, a Columbia University psychiatry professor and member of a committee that will decide what goes into the DSM, said the panel will consider whether complicated grief merits its own designation.

"From what I've seen so far, it's certainly not an off-the-wall suggestion," First said. He said doctors see patients all the time, especially the elderly, who never get over the death of a loved one.

Comments
US and Israeli officials travel to Ukraine to study S-300 air defence systems
US and Israeli officials travel to Ukraine to study S-300 air defence systems
Crimea terrorist attack: Young man shoots students, then blows up his bomb
Putin: Russians will go to heaven in case of nuclear war
Russia and Germany develop anti-Polish collusion
Ukraine and Belarus throw dust in Putin's eyes
Ukraine and Belarus throw dust in Putin's eyes
Ukraine and Belarus throw dust in Putin's eyes
Kerch college shooter grew up in dysfunctional family
Kerch college shooter grew up in dysfunctional family
Russia will not let NATO warships into Sea of Azov
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Saudi Arabia knows how to dismember journalists and get away with it
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Russia joins forces with Egypt to establish law and order in the Middle East
Russia eyes Libya to subordinate the West to its will?