Bereavement is a temporary sadness related to a major loss.
Bereavement typically lasts less than 2 months after the loss, but some
symptoms of bereavement may last as long as 6 months. Some reasons children or
teens feel bereaved include:1
Loss of a boyfriend or
Ending of a friendship.
Death of a
Death of a family member or close friend.
Changing schools or grade
Mourning a loss is healthy as long as the child has a sense of
reality about the death or loss and eventually is able to accept the loss as
part of life. Most children will occasionally become sad about their loss again
at different times during the next few months or even years.
It is possible that the main title of the report Reye Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
If bereavement is constant and lasts longer than 2 months or is
associated with feelings of guilt, thoughts of death, or a preoccupation with
worthlessness, the child may be experiencing major
American Academy of Pediatrics (1996). Classification of Child and Adolescent Mental Diagnoses in Primary Care: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Primary Care Child and Adolescent Version, pp. 153-160. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of
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Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
April 5, 2011
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