Grief will become just another form of depression: another billable disorder for the DSM5


Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

As we watch the hullabaloo around the creation of the next DSM, one of the moves towards increasing pathology in normal people is to label grief a depression, hence opening the floodgates that more people will be treated with antidepressants.

The fact is this has already been happening for a long time. Many people are introduced to antidepressants after the loss of a loved one or after a divorce etc. Still, to further legitimize the mass drugging of normal pain and heartbreak that all human beings will face at one time or another as we live our lives is a bad direction to move in. The DSM5 wants to do that. It is in fact expanding most of the diagnostic criteria so that more and more people can be diagnosed as mentally ill across the board. Ultimately a diagnostic code is almost always translated into drug treatment and therein lies the danger.

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