Prolonged Grief Disorder is a newly recognized mental health diagnosis in the 2022 publication of the DSM-5-TR. This is a severe grief condition that can be identified in adults one year after the death of a loved one. Prolonged Grief is associated with intense yearning for the deceased person and frequent thoughts about their death. In addition, the bereaved person experiences three of the following symptoms: a disruption in identity, shock and disbelief about the death, avoidance of reminders about the deceased person, intense emotional pain, problems connecting with people in one's life, intense emotional pain, emotional numbness, feeling that life is meaningless and intense loneliness.
Psychotherapy for Prolonged Grief Disorder with Dr. Heselton can rapidly improve grief, sometimes in as little as one or two 2-hour sessions (following the initial evaluation). This psychotherapy consists of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) to address the upsetting memories associated with the person's death. This part of the treatment focuses on resolving the shock, disbelief and intense emotional distress surrounding the circumstances of the person's death. Revisioning Therapy is then used to restore the pre-trauma self along with positive memories of your deceased loved one.