One of the many normal human experiences for which it is currently the fashion to pathologize is grief. I was surprised to find a very reasonable article on Psychology Today’s website, which in general tows the party line and generally makes me groan whenever I read their work.
The study they report on today shows that “complicated grief” does not respond to antidepressants. Unfortunately, most people who come up against difficult grief responses are routinely handed antidepressants these days, which as in all other instances of
over-medicating the public at large often ends up with people getting sucked into the psychiatric system.
A brief excerpt from the article:
Studies on treating complicated grief show that it isn’t alleviated with depression treatments such as antidepressants, O’Connor says. “That kind of treatment doesn’t hit on the patients’ yearnings. What is most effective is talk therapy and exposure therapy that helps the person incorporate the death on a deep level. Also, it’s helpful to have the patient focus on her future goals, on what she is going to do now that her loved one is gone.” (read the rest here)