“Because bereavement and clinical depression share overlapping symptoms, the current version of the DSM prohibits prescribing psychiatric medications until two months after the death of a loved one. In the proposed DSM-5, this period is reduced to just two weeks.”
And yet medication can’t take away the pain of losing someone you love. If anything, numbing the pain will only delay the painful but necessary process of grieving. Grief is patient. It will wait for you.
Read more: http://www.utne.com/Mind-Body/Mourning-In-America-Medicalization-Of-Bereavement.aspx#ixzz1hH6ohhXP
It’s a cardinal human experience: Someone we love dies, and we grieve the loss. This powerful emotion has inspired scores of poets, from Aeschylus to Jay-Z, and serves as the central metaphor of humanity for at least one of the world’s major religions.
In contemporary Western psychology, however, bereavement represents a conundrum. A depressed mood, diminished pleasure in normal activities, disrupted appetite and sleep patterns, thoughts of death—these are the hallmarks of bereavement. And they’re also the measures clinicians use to diagnose treatable depression. This confusion is reopening the debate over what constitutes mental health.
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