When does grief become a mental illness?

June 7, 2011

The new edition of a psychiatric manual called DSM-5 tackles what to do when mourning becomes complicated or leads to depression

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Sooner or later most of us suffer deep grief over the death of someone we love. The experience often causes people to question their sanity—as when they momentarily think they have caught sight of their loved one on a crowded street. Many mourners ponder, even if only abstractedly, their reason for living. But when are these disturbing thoughts and emotions normal—that is to say, they become less consuming and intense with the passage of time—and when do they cross the line to pathology, requiring ongoing treatment with powerful antidepressants or psychotherapy, or both? link to continue reading

Source: Scientific American

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