[functioning of the ego in normal and pathological grief]. [article in spanish] grinberg l, campo a, dellarossa d, evelson e, grinberg r, luchina i, serebriany r, smolenskyde dellarossa, teper e, wender l. …
Despite the fact that prolonged grief affects 10% to 15% of the population, no set of diagnostic criteria exists to enable practitioners to define precisely when grief becomes pathological.
Interestingly, one of the reasons normal grief sometimes becomes pathological is because it is not fully accepted and felt by the sufferer, but rather denied and repressed, which prevents it from
Grief and depression are different phenomena. Grief is a normal reaction to a significant loss and is char- acterized by sadness, loneliness pangs, and exhaustion. It is generally self-limiting. This capacity to mourn, which is not fully possible until at least age 10,12 can serve a major integrative function.
Jul 15, 1983 · Normal and pathological grief. Brown JT, Stoudemire GA. Physicians are often called on to care for patients and members of patients’ families during the period of bereavement. The grief process serves a psychologically adaptive function and usually progresses in a predictable manner.
Though most grief is a mild sort of injury compared to how bad such injuries can get, some griefs are experienced as more traumatic, and can become difficult to resolve. The term «Pathological Grief» is sometimes applied to people who are unable to work through their grief despite the passage of time.
grief may suffer pathological grief reactions. Even the absence of grief itself is pathological. 1~ At any given time in a 38-bed in- patient unit, the author finds at least one or two patients whose «n.atural» process .of mourning has been blocked and who are suitable for re-grief work technique.
Treating pathological grief as normal grief rein- forces the avoidance behaviors and permits the main- tenance of dysfunctional behaviors. For example, to remain silent when a person discusses a deceased spouse in the present tense can be perceived by the pathologically bereaved as support for the belief that the spouse is still alive.