Examining the Most Controversial Change in DSM-5

Gary Greenberg On The Bereavement Exclusion

Of all the critics of DSM-5, few have been as vocal as Gary Greenberg, author of The Book of Woe: DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.

When examining the various changes made in this new edition, Gary finds the most controversial one to be the removal of the bereavement exclusion from the major depression diagnosis; a decision that could be seen as an attempt to pathologize periods of grief and mourning.

Watch the clip below to get some background on this controversial edit and learn why the bereavement exclusion was initially created in DSM-III.

Gary Greenburg, PhD. is a practicing psychotherapist, the author of four books, including The Book of Woe, a contributing writer for Mother Jones, and a contributing editor for Harper’s. This clip is taken from his session in our DSM-5 video course:

The Uproar Over DSM-5: How The New Standards Affect Your PracticeLike it or not, DSM dictates how we think about mental disorders, diagnoses, clinical research, and insurance coverage. The changes in this new edition will affect how you practice, and this series covers what you need to know:

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  • The new structure of DSM-5 and how it differs from DSM-IV
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  • The new, more precise specifiers necessary for diagnosis
  • Other practical changes that will impact your clinical work and insurance reimbursement
  • The forces that shaped DSM-5—economic, scientific, and political
  • The role that neuroscience increasingly plays in psychological diagnosis and how that will impact the DSM moving forward
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