Grief, Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder Versus Prolonged Grief Disorder

This topic will be summarized in the following three sections: 

(1) Grief versus Major Depressive Episode:

(2) Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder Versus Prolonged Grief Disorder

(3) What Questions to Ask?

Grief Assessment Questionnaire:

This section is for Psychiatry Education Forum Academy Members, and will contain the following information:

  • Grief Assessment Questionnaire: that you can print and use during patient encounters for the evaluation of grief.
  • Each slide from the above two videos are available for download.

View and Comment on Recently Proposed Changes to DSM–5:


  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC.
  2. Psychiatric News. Diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder Proposed for Inclusion in DSM-5. Published Online:18 Mar 2020.
  3. Boelen PA, Spuij M, Lenferink LIM. Comparison of DSM-5 criteria for persistent complex bereavement disorder and ICD-11 criteria for prolonged grief disorder in help-seeking bereaved children. J Affect Disord. 2019 May 1;250:71-78.
  4. Kristensen P, Dyregrov K, Dyregrov A. What distinguishes prolonged grief disorder from depression? Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2017 Apr 4;137(7):538-539. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.16.0629. eCollection 2017 Apr. Review. English, Norwegian. PubMed PMID: 28383227.
  5. Boelen PA, Smid GE. Disturbed grief: prolonged grief disorder and persistent complex bereavement disorder. BMJ. 2017 May 18;357:j2016. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2016. PubMed PMID: 28522468.



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