Comorbidity of Axis I Disorders in Patients With Traumatic Grief
J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(11):884-887
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Background: Traumatic grief has been found to be
a distinct disorder from both depression and anxiety; however,
there is no information in the literature regarding comorbidity
of traumatic grief with other psychiatric disorders.
Method: Twenty-three bereaved subjects who
presented for treatment of traumatic grief symptomatology were
included in this study. The Inventory of Complicated Grief (ICG)
was used to confirm the presence of traumatic grief and assess
its severity. In addition, the Structured Clinical Interview for
DSM-IV was performed.
Results: Most subjects met criteria for a
current or lifetime Axis I diagnosis. Fifty-two percent (N = 12)
met criteria for current major depressive disorder, and 30% (N =
7), for current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ICG scores
and functional impairment were higher among patients with more
than one concurrent Axis I diagnosis.
Conclusion: Comorbid major depressive disorder
and PTSD may be prevalent in patients presenting for treatment of