(Author’s Note: This information is spreading through the web. I wanted to bring it to your attention just in case you are not aware of it.)
APA & DSM
The American Psychiatric Association is in the process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders (DSM) which is the handbook of all recognized mental illnesses.
The newest revision (DSM-V) will consider grief a mental illness.
Two weeks after the loss of your spouse, you could be considered depressed and put on anti-depressants.
Yes, two weeks is the length of time the APA indicates is appropriate for grief recovery.
Britain’s leading medical journal, The Lancet, voiced their opinion.
“It is often not until 6 months,” the Lancet editors feel the need to point out, “or the first anniversary of the death, that grieving can move into a less intense phase. Grief is an individual response to bereavement, which is shaped by the strength of relationship with the person who has died, being male or female, religious belief, societal expectation, and cultural context, among other factors.”
Christopher Lane, Ph. D.
Article in Psychology Today
February 17th, 2012
The medical community in the mother country is right – two weeks is nowhere near enough time to get through grief.
Please click on this link and read the article in Psychology Today. Then pass it along to your friends, especially C-level executives. It is very important to understand that the American Psychiatric Association is wrong.
There will be a separate article where I voice my opinion about grief being a mental disease. It will be published as soon as I tone down the bitchiness and edit out the cuss words.