By James Phillips, MD | September 15, 2010
In his ongoing critique of the DSM-5 process, Dr Allen Frances started a brushfire recently in challenging the DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group proposal to remove the bereavement exclusion
from the diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode. Here’s a summary of the debate.
Dr Frances led off with a New York Times op-ed piece arguing that the DSM-5 Work Group proposal to
eliminate the bereavement exclusion for the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) would lead
to the overdiagnosing and medicalizing of normal grief.” …
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Allen Frances, MD, was the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He is currently professor emeritus at Duke.