Is Grief an Illness?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Is Grief an Illness?
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 1:40pm

What do you think-is grief a type of mental illness? According to Health Day News, a debate is heating up as to whether or not it may be.

"The loss of a loved one can trigger deep emotional turmoil, but is the grief that follows a normal part of being human or is it a form of mental illness in need of diagnosis and treatment?

That's the gist of a major debate now unfolding in the world of psychiatry, as the American Psychiatric Association (APA) prepares to issue the fifth edition of its seminal reference guide to mental disease, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)." READ MORE


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Mon, 02-20-2012 - 3:29pm

This is a real interesting article.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 7:14pm

I don't think grief itself is an illness but it can be a cause...