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Maladaptive Grief responses

Maladaptive Grief responses

  • This occurs when an individual is unable to progress satisfactorily through the stages of grieving to achieve resolution and usually gets stuck with the denial or anger stages.
    1. Prolonged response- preoccupation with memories of the lost entity for many years. May experience functional disorganization and intense emotional pain.
    2. Delayed/inhibited response- the individual becomes fixed in the denial stage of the grieving process. May experience anxiety disorders such as phobias, sleeping, and eating disorders.
    3. Distorted response- Fixed in the anger stage of grieving and all normal behaviors associated with grieving like helplessness, sadness, anger, guilt, etc., are exaggerated.