Culture, bereavement, and psychiatry: Lancet article by Arthur Kleinman

Arthur Kleinman
Publication date: 
12 February 2012
"The American Psychiatric Association (APA), as recently reported in The New York Times and an article in World Psychiatry, is undergoing a controversy over listing grief as a mental illness in the forthcoming fifth edition of its influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Earlier editions of DSM have reasoned that after the death of a close relation, a psychiatrist should wait 1 year (DSM-III) or 2 months (DSM-IV) before labelling the sadness, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite and energy, agitation, difficulty concentrating, and other psychological and physiological sequelae of such profound loss, depression; and treating it with pharmacological agents and psychotherapy." (See link for continuation.)


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Submitted by deen on 26 September 2013 - 5:18pm.

I thin it should be ptsd because losing loved one is related to post trumatic stress diosrder and if you can take this depression test you will be able to find what is bad with this disorder. Bipolar could be another cause so taking a bipolar test can also help. Sadness and mood swings are common but psychiatric assocation is right.