So here is a quick rant, and I’d be intrigued what people think of the message. I read yesterday, in The Times, that the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), out in May, has removed grief as an exclusion criteria for a diagnosis of depression. So now, in the US, grieving over the loss of a loved one can be diagnosed as being mentally ill.
Come on!! Seriously!? It’s not a term that we like use in the field of psychology, but this just seems freakin’ nuts!! I’m happy to say that the academic, medical and therapeutic fields have all expressed their outrage at this declassification of ‘grief’ and are proposing a boycott of the new edition until it is revised accordingly.
But I’m not here to fuel a boycott. I don’t care for that kind of tactic myself, and prefer to use education as my tool.
Grieving is natural process, people! It doesn’t make you mentally ill if you cry because someone you love has been taken from you. That’s just being human! I would be greatly concerned if you didn’t feel something at all, maybe then that might ring some alarm bells.
It’s OK to feel sad sometimes. Sometimes it’s appropriate. But there is no reason to feel ashamed or think that there is something wrong with feeling that way at the right moment. It can be extremely cathartic to scream and cry. Just something to keep in mind.
I leave you with the words of Ms Jessie J:
It’s okay not to be okay.
As usual, comments are welcome and encouraged.