Traumatic Grief: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
(The Series in Trauma and Loss)
Selby C. Jacobs
The loss of an intimate exposes the afflicted person to a higher risk for several
types of psychiatric disorders. In addition to potential complications, including
Major Depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD, the existence of pathologic forms of
grief cannot be denied. Jacobs introduces the term Traumatic Grief as a descriptor
of this diagnostic entity. Using the perspective of a biopsychosocial, medical model
(including epidemiology and public health), and the theoretical framework of attachment
theory, the author develops the concept of Traumatic Grief as a new nosologic entity.
Diagnostic criteria, descriptive features, and the clinical course of Traumatic Grief
are detailed as the author verifies the concept of Traumatic Grief as a disorder.