Grief: the normative bereavement that results from loss (for example, the death or loss of a loved one, the loss of a job) is characterized as a psychological disorder when the individual is unable to eventually move forward - in a changed manner - with her or his life. In instances of pathological grief the individual may remain attached to feelings of depression and anger as a substitute for the lost person or activity. Or, the loss is the "final straw," the breaking point of an already fragile sense of self.

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