The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the official guidebook to psychiatric diagnosis in America, currently exempts the recently bereaved from being diagnosed with depression unless their experiences are marked by feelings of extreme worthlessness, significant functional impairment, psychotic symptoms, psychomotor retardation, or suicidal ideation. Ordinary symptoms of depression, such as sleeplessness or loss of appetite, are considered healthy, functional emotional responses to the loss of a loved one.
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- History of Science
- Medical Ethics
- Depression, Mental
- Psychiatry--Moral and ethical aspects.
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
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