Now, the developers of the DSM-5 have recognized that while most people have grief reactions within a typical range, 10 to 15 percent of grievers have severe reactions to the loss of a loved one and thus may need treatment that includes prescription medication and therapy. So now, a person who is grieving a loss potentially may be diagnosed with depression or an adjustment disorder. Since the profound sadness that stems from grief can look a lot like the sadness depression brings, and since this similarity can create a dilemma for mental health professionals, the bereavement exclusion from these diagnoses has become highly controversial.
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Melissa Perrin, Psy.D Melissa Perrin, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois with a private practice established in Evanston, Illinois. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has three decades of clinical experience. Dr. Perrin has consulted for Hazelden and Rush Behavioral Health and has served as Adjunct Faculty for Argosy University.