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 - 6:18pm.

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.


Fourth Global Mental Health Summit

Nothing About Us, Without Us - Voices from the Global South

28th-29th November 2015

Movement For Global Mental Health is delighted to announce the fourth Global Mental Health Summit to be held at the TISS Campus in Mumbai, India on the 28th and 29th of November 2015. The focus of this year’s Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, will be driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The aim is to bring to the forefront voices of individuals from marginalized backgrounds, those who are rarely represented in discussions related to the mental health agenda. 

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