Year: 2005 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.66, no.9, (September 2005), p.1105-1110 SIEC No: 20100699

The authors conducted a survey with 120 patients with DSM-IV bipolar disorder participating in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder in order to identify frequency of loss & to examine the presence of complicated grief & its clinical correlates. Complicated grief was associated with elevated rates of panic disorder & alcohol abuse comorbidity, as well as other measures of panic symptoms & phobic avoidance. Complicated grief was also associated with a higher rate of lifetime suicide attempts, greater functional impairment, & poorer social support. (29 refs.) JA