Psychiatrys New Rules Threaten to Turn Grieving Into a Sickness
By Brandon Keim | Wired.com
A controversial change to official psychiatric guidelines for depression has raised fears that grief over the death of loved ones will be classified as clinical depression, turning a basic part of what it means to be human into a recognized sickness.
The change, contained in new revisions to the DSM-5, a set of standards used to categorize mental illness, eliminates the so-called bereavement exclusion, which exempts grieving people from diagnoses of depression for two months unless their symptoms are self-destructively extreme. Under the new standards, depression can be more easily diagnosed just two weeks after a death.
Virtually everyone who is grieving has milder symptoms of depression. What the bereavement exclusion did is separate the normal responses from the severe ones, such as feelings of worthlessness or suicidal impulses, said psychiatrist Jerome Wakefield of New York University, who studies bereavement and depression.
This goes over a line. If you can pathologize this kind of feeling, any kind of suffering can be a disorder. Its a disagreement over the boundaries of normality, Wakefield said. What kind of world do you want to have? One where intense, negative feelings we dont like are labeled as disorders, or a world where people grieve?
Defenders of the bereavement exclusions removal, officially announced Dec. 1 by the American Psychiatric Association, say worries of pathologized grief are overblown. They argue that though not all grieving is depressive, grief-related depression isnt fundamentally different from whats considered normal depression. As a result, they say the exclusion makes it unnecessarily difficult for clinicians to deal with bereaved people who legitimately need help.
I think a good clinician can separate the two, said Jan Fawcett, a University of New Mexico psychiatrist and head of the DSM-5 working group that authored the change, of normal grief and clinical depression. We feel that clinicians have been making this judgment all along.
The DSM, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, represents American psychiatrys official tool for deciding between mental disorders and normality. First drafted in 1952, its now known euphemistically as psychiatrys Bible, used by doctors, insurance companies, the legal system, and most any social institution that deals formally with mental health.
The DSM has been revised four times since its original publication, with the latest changes developed over the last seven years and culminating in the recent approval. These have been perhaps the most controversial changes ever, partly because theyre the first made in the cacophonous media environment of the internet age, but also because of the changes themselves. New conditions include hoarding, severe pre-menstrual syndrome, binge eating, temper tantrums and everyday forgetting among the elderly. Critics say these represent a tendency in modern psychiatry to medicalize the normal range of human experience.
Far and away the most controversial change is eliminating the bereavement exclusion, which discouraged clinicians from diagnosing as depressed grieving people whose symptoms were actually part of a normal, necessary emotional process, though in other people theyd be considered formal grounds for depression.
Read the full article at: wired.com
The Sisterhood of Grief
Good Grief: Is there a better way to be bereaved?
Grieving mothers adopt life-like dolls
Diagnosing Hollywood - Mental Illness in Film
The Americanization of Mental Illness
Salon Hit Piece Implies Truth Seeking Is A Mental Illness
Latest News from our Front Page
Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female
Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole ârape and pillageâ thing, too.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided ...
Off Your Knees, Germany! Ernst Zundel 1983 - 2003
For more information on the holocaust, how the war was forced upon Germany, and the REAL victims of the second world war see:
IRS Drops Attack For Six Years â No Evidence of Jurisdiction
A big congrats to a friend Iâve been working with for several years, he stood up to the predators commonly called the âIRSâ and they dropped their attack. Thanks also for providing me with the proof below.
The criminals called the âIRSâ initiated an attack claiming my friend was required to file six tax returns, or explain how he made ...
Into Eternity - Finland's 100,000 Year Massive Underground Spent Nuclear Fuel Program
Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running ...
SPLC Accuses Oath Keepers of Inciting âArmed Confrontationâ Over Sugar Pine Mine
The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused Oath Keepers of inciting an armed confrontation with BLM authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine dispute in Oregon, despite the fact that the organization has explicitly stated that it is not promoting armed confrontation with the feds.
In an article provocatively posted on the organizationâs âHatewatchâ section entitled Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with ...
|More News » |