When does a broken heart become a mental disorder?
This statement was developed by a workgroup at the meeting of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement in Victoria, British Columbia on April 28 – May 3, 2013. You have full permission to translate the document into other languages, and to distribute it via websites, blogs, the media, and other venues. It is our intention that the message be shared widely.
When does a broken heart become a mental disorder? Rarely, if ever.
But don’t tell that to the American Psychiatric Association, which has just released its fifth version of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM is a catalogue of mental disorders,
hundreds of them, each trailing a listing of symptoms. The manual informs selection of a diagnosis,
which is required by U.S. insurance companies for reimbursement for mental health care.
Talking with Children about Tragic Events
Donna Schuurman, EdD, FT
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
The 12th anniversary of September 11, 2013
As we mark the tragic events of September 11th on the 12th anniversary, our thoughts are with all whose loved ones were senselessly killed in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.