23. Traumatic Grief

Has the youth experienced the death of someone significant?  Has the youth experienced loss from being separated from a close caregiver, sibling, or other person important to them?  This loss could have been expected or sudden.

0 –   No evidence that action is needed.  Youth has not experienced traumatic loss, or the youth has adjusted well.

1 –    Let’s watch/wait.  Youth has experienced separation or loss of someone significant.

2 –   Help is needed.  Youth is having difficulty functioning in an area of their life due to grief.  They may have depression, anxiety, symptoms of PTSD, or even some behavioral issues due to their loss or traumatic separation.

3 –   Help is needed now/immediately.  Youth is unable to function in most areas of life due to traumatic grief.  Youth may have difficulty getting out of bed, eating, or interacting with others.  Youth may be experiencing severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD, such as flashbacks, re-experiencing, frightening thoughts, dissociation, etc.