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Victims' Symptom : glossary:anniversary-reaction
 
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Anniversary reaction

Rekindled griefGrief without complications is a normal response to loss. In the first phase it is usually manifested as a state of shock, with expression of numbness or bewilderment ..., when the trigger for an acute griefGrief without complications is a normal response to loss. In the first phase it is usually manifested as a state of shock, with expression of numbness or bewilderment ... reaction is a special occasion such as a holiday or birthday. It usually occurs each year on the day the person died, or sometimes when the bereaved individual becomes the same age the deceased was at the time of death. Anniversary reactions tend to become relatively mild and brief over time, but sometimes they can be experienced as the reliving of one’s original griefGrief without complications is a normal response to loss. In the first phase it is usually manifested as a state of shock, with expression of numbness or bewilderment ... and can last for hours and days (Sadock, 2003). It is often found with persons with PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the anxiety disorders that occur after a person sees, is involved in, or hears of an extreme traumatic stressor ... related to the day of someone’s death or an important action.

(T.J.)

Reference:

  • Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A. Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry. Ninth edition, Philadelphia; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

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