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There is no definite point in time or a list of symptoms that define unresolved grief. Unresolved grief lasts longer than usual for a person's social circle or cultural background. It may also be used to describe grief that does not go away or interferes with the person's ability to take care of daily responsibilities.
Unresolved grief tends to be more common in people who:
How people express unresolved grief varies. People may:
In addition to the list above, teens may show unresolved grief by using illegal drugs, taking part in illegal activities (such as stealing), or having unprotected sex. They may also become more injury-prone, avoid their friends, and have difficulty completing school work.
Young children may show unresolved grief by developing behaviour problems or expressing fears about being alone, especially at night.
People with unresolved grief who do not seek treatment are more likely to develop complications such as depression as a result of grieving.
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Current as ofApril 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSidney Zisook, MD - PsychiatryJean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry & Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine
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