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Grant Holly: He lost his wife to a cancer discovered a year after their marriage.
the family and the patient and
that isn't usually the disease.
Professionals "teach and coach
and affirm and encourage."
A 2014 Columbia University study concluded that the
"death of a loved one roughly
doubled the risk for new-onset
mania in people 30 and older."
It was a five-fold increase for
those 50 to 70. Additionally,
the sudden death increased the
risk of "major depression, excessive use of alcohol, and anxiety disorders, including panic
disorder, post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), and phobias
... [with the largest risk increase] for PTSD, which was
seen across age groups with
an increased risk as high as
The older the survivor, the
more intense the grief in most
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