Complicated grief and the DSM: The wrongheaded movement to list mourning as a mental disorder. – Slate Magazine

Is grief a disease? That is one of the crucial questions psychologists are asking as the American Psychiatric Association revamps its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), used by millions of mental health professionals to diagnose patients, for a fifth edition due out in 2013.

In January, more than 10,000 mental health professionals, concerned about the credibility of the science behind several proposed additions to the manual, including the potential addition of complicated grief, have signed a petition calling for an “independent review” of the DSM-5. Their concerns are worth taking seriously.

via Complicated grief and the DSM: The wrongheaded movement to list mourning as a mental disorder. – Slate Magazine.

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