How the new DSM-5 has come to grief

THE upcoming DSM-5 will allow clinicians to diagnose major depressive disorder in patients who are still experiencing depressive symptoms two weeks after they suffer the loss of a loved one.

Those who support dropping the ‘bereavement exclusion’ say experienced clinicians will be able to differentiate between serious illness and normal grief, and, since one does not preclude the other, patients should have access to the best treatment available for their particular condition and circumstance.