Complicated grief as a psychological disorder and implications to psychotherapy

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Konya, Timea
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dublin Business School
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The main concept of this thesis is complicated grief as a disorder. Complicated grief is a pathological grieving process that needs attention. The research focuses on the high risk group of family carers who are involved in long term care of a member of their family. There is a possible need in change of perspective from Patient Centred Care to a care that involves the whole family in the caring process, so that the development of complicated grief can be prevented. Psychotherapy treatment is widely available for the mourners seeking help, but many of the affected still remain untreated. The recent inclusion of the disorder in the DSM-5 and the current research efforts are perhaps going to change the level of awareness and will offer more provision not only in treatment but also in prevention of the disorder. Author Keywords: Complicated grief, prolonged grief disorder