Two weeks to grieve, says DSM-5

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore founder of the M.I.S.S. Foundation

Arizona State University professor and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore challenges proposed changes to the “bereavement exclusion,” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which establishes the (normal) amount of time you’re allowed to grieve the loss of a loved one before you’re classified as depressed — and in need of medication. (It’s two weeks, by the way…) Cacciatore writes in an Open Letter to the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and to the DSM 5 Task Force:

“This proposal not only contradicts good common sense but also rests on weak scientific evidence.”

Can You Grieve and Not Be Labeled with a Mental Disorder?,  asks Lois Holzman in a recent post encouraging support for Cacciatore’s protest.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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