Healing Emotions After Loss (H.E.A.L.)

PI: Sidney Zisook, MD
Contact Information: Ilanit Young, PhD (858) 552-7598

Complicated grief is a bereavement reaction in which acute grief is prolonged, causing distress and interfering with functioning. The pain of the loss stays fresh and healing does not occur. The bereaved person feels stuck; time moves forward, but the intense grief remains. Symptoms include a preoccupation with the person who has died, longing and yearning that does not substantially abate with time, and difficulty reestablishing a meaningful life without that person who has died. Complicated grief may affect as many as 1 out of 10 individuals who have lost someone close to them.

If this describes you, and you are between the ages of 18 and 95, you may be eligible to participate in a research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Both veterans and non-veterans are eligible to participate in the study. The objective of this project is compare the effectiveness of antidepressants alone or in combination with Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) in individuals who have been bereaved at least 6 months and who meet criteria for complicated grief. If you are interested and think you may be eligible, please contact Ilanit Tal Young, PhD, HEAL-Grief Coordinator, (858) 552-7598 or ityoung@vapop.ucsd.edu.


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu