Grief Regarded as Mental Disorder
Byline: Belinda Tasker of AAP
PEOPLE suffering from long-term grief after the death of a loved one will soon have their condition officially labelled a mental disorder.
Many psychiatrists have argued grief should not be labelled as a mental condition because it is a natural phenomenon that everyone experiences.
However, the next edition of the industry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will include a new diagnosis for people still struggling to cope a year or more after a loved one dies.
The condition will be officially known as adjustment disorder related to bereavement.
University of New South Wales psychology …
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Publication information: Article title: Grief Regarded as Mental Disorder. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia). Publication date: August 2, 2011. Page number: Not available. © 2009 APN Newspapers Pty Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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