Prolonged grief disorder and cognitive decline

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Bereavement can result in unresolved/prolonged grief, which is often called prolonged grief disorder (PGD).[1]

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons

Compared with the reference group, participants with PGD showed a decrease in global cognitive function, MMSE scores, and World learning test (immediate and delayed) over time. Participants with normal grief did not show a stronger cognitive decline in any of cognitive tests than the reference group.[2]

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