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Just when you thought you'd heard of every mental disorder shortened to acronyms such as ADHD, OCD etc, along come those wacky puppets, namely the authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM] with a label so hideously funny - Ladies and gentlemen, I give you "grief disorder."
DSM IV is set to be re-written by the end of 2013 and to keep the bible of psychiatry up to date with sheer lunacy its authors have come up with a gem of a "mental disorder."
Bereavement-related disorder, it appears, is going to make the final edit. A "disorder", that was originally thrown out in 1994 due to lack of evidence, is set to become a cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry.
Yes, that's right folks, a human emotion is being turned into a disorder, apparently prolonged grieving is unnatural and our inability to let it go means we each have a mental disorder.
This DSM proposal goes by different names;
"Prolonged grief disorder", "complex grief", "traumatic grief", "pathological grief" and, most commonly, "complicated grief."
We all grieve at some point in our lives, be it whether a family member, a friend, a dog, a cat or dog dies. Some of us take longer than others to mourn. It appears that the authors of the DSM now want to judge the length of our grief and then... deem it unnatural.
Are these people so distanced from reality that they cannot see people pointing and laughing at them?
It's genius marketing. We'd all love for that pain of loss to be taken away from us, we've all, I'm sure, wondered how long that pain lasts and we've all wished, at some stage of the grieving process, for someone to wave a magic want to make the pain go away.
Never fear...Pharma is here!
Your "disorder" can be eased with drugs, your sadness lifted because of that "chemical imbalance" occurring. Oh thank you DSM people...thank you, thank you.
I've seen this industry preying on the vulnerable, preying on children, preying on our minds and now, it would appear, preying on those that are suffering at the hands of grief. I half-expect the authors to hang around cemetery's and hand out leaflets to those wailing by gravestones or maybe Funeral Directors will be approached and asked to promote this latest scam from the field of the psychopharmaceutical monopoly.
Days of grieving will be but a blip in history.
"We're sorry to inform you Mrs Smith but your son was killed in a road accident...but fear not, once you have identified the body down at the local morgue we will show you how your grief can be managed."
Fuck, they may as well go the whole hog and promote "early intervention" of grieving. All of us will experience it at some point in our lives.
Box ticking forms at the ready.
I am left wondering when joy will be deemed a mental disorder.
I think it's time to collect copies of the DSM, arrange a huge bonfire on top of an ancient hill and burn each copy. 'Hubblebubble, toil and trouble' anyone?
Time is no longer a great healer... drugs are.
Read more about the proposal in the Canadian Medical Association Journal HERE
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