I’ve just written a column discussing some of the ideas in this piece–it will be published next week and I’ll post it. For now, here is the piece from the New York Times.
Author Ted Gup discusses over-medication and disputes the American Psychiatric Association’s designation of grief as part of depression (and therefore treatable by meds).
“Challenge and hardship have become pathologized and monetized. Instead of enhancing our coping skills, we undermine them and seek shortcuts where there are none, eroding the resilience upon which each of us, at some point in our lives, must rely. Diagnosing grief as a part of depression runs the very real risk of delegitimizing that which is most human — the bonds of our love and attachment to one another. The new entry in the D.S.M. cannot tame grief by giving it a name or a subsection, nor render it less frightening or more manageable.”
Your thoughts and ideas?
Here’s the link to the column in The Chapel Hill News.