Really? Two Weeks? That’s All It Takes? Wow!

(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.

The Lancet

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.

Coming Soon

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.

4 comments

  • Wow! 2 weeks. That’s crazy. It takes a teenager longer than that to get over a silly breakup. What are they thinking putting that timetable to grief after a death? Valerie’s right, it has to be for the money.

    • It is crazy Char that they expect grief to be resolved in two weeks. Maybe if there is enough internet outrage they will change the manual. Every article I have seen refers to it as a “draft.”

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • When something makes no sense… follow the money. Drug companies are constantly on the hunt for new moneymakers even going so far as to invent things such as restless leg syndrome. Did they finally notice many people in their focus groups are also experiencing grief? Jackpot! The researchers are probably so young their only experience with grief is celebrity deaths. Who should be depressed over Michael Jackson for more than two weeks? Got grief? There’s a drug for that! To diagnose the normal, natural, necessary grief process as an illness is irresponsible. To do it to make money is a sin.