Complicated Grief

Psychiatric Mental Health Care, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Medication Management located in Westlake Village, CA

Complicated Grief services offered in Westlake Village, CA

If you struggle with long-lasting grief after the loss of a loved one, the team at State of Mind Wellness Center in Westlake Village, California, are here for you. Board-certified psychiatrist Priya Parmar, MD, and her expert team diagnose and treat complicated grief to improve your mood and help you overcome a difficult situation. Call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature today.

Complicated Grief Q&A

What is complicated grief?

Complicated grief is a distressing condition that may occur after you experience trauma, especially the loss of a loved one. Often, sad feelings diminish over time, but in other cases the grief persists and turns debilitating. This is known as complicated grief. If you have crippling sadness after trauma, see the team at State of Mind Wellness Center for help.

What are the symptoms of complicated grief?

The following symptoms may indicate you have complicated grief:

  • Constantly thinking about a loss
  • Debilitating emotional distress
  • Lack of trust in others
  • Numbness and detachment
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Inability to enjoy life
  • Difficulty carrying out your routine
  • Depression, anxiety, or deep sadness
  • Guilt or self-blame
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Substance misuse

Complicated grief is different from traditional grief because it persists and may even get worse over time when left untreated.

What are the risk factors for complicated grief?

The cause of complicated grief isn’t known, but it might occur because of personality traits, your environment, or family or personal history of mental health challenges. Other risk factors include an unexpected death of a loved one, the loss of a child, having a close relationship with a deceased loved one, traumatic childhood experiences, and lack of strong social support.

How does my provider diagnose complicated grief?

To find out if you have complicated grief, your State of Mind Wellness Center provider reviews your lifestyle, medical history, and symptoms. During a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, they ask about your mood, behavior patterns, thoughts, and emotions before tailoring your personalized treatment plan.

How is complicated grief treated?

The main treatments for complicated grief include:

Lifestyle changes

Altering your routine can help you overcome complicated grief. Have regular exercise, participate in social activities, get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious foods, and try stress-reduction strategies. Avoid using addictive substances to mask the pain.


State of Mind Wellness Center offers psychotherapy, or talk therapy, to reduce debilitating emotional pain linked to complicated grief.


Taking medications can diminish distressing thoughts and emotions to help you overcome complicated grief. 

For help with complicated grief, call the State of Mind Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.