Grief over DSM-5 depression criteria

A prominent Sydney psychiatrist has questioned upcoming changes to the DSM-5 that will allow major depression to be diagnosed just two weeks after people experience a bereavement.

Professor Gordon Parker said grief was a normal phenomenon that generally did not require medical treatment, whereas clinical depression was a diagnosable mental disorder which responded to various treatments, including drugs.

"By pathologising and medicalising grief and indirectly encouraging doctors to prescribe antidepressants for it, psychiatrists run