Exposure therapy good for profound grief

Patients who have difficulty overcoming prolonged grief may respond better to treatment if asked to relive the deaths of their loved ones, an Australian study suggests.

A combination of ‘exposure therapy’ and CBT resulted in greater reductions in depression and functional impairment for patients with prolonged grief disorder compared with CBT alone, according to the six-month randomised study from NSW.

Eighty patients with prolonged grief disorder were randomised to four individual exposure therapy

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