Open Letter to the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and to the DSM 5 Task Force

March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm 2 comments

An update from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on yesterday’s post:

“Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog opposing the DSM 5’s proposal to reduce the DSM IV bereavement exclusion.

This blog has since gone viral in the most incredible way- 100,000 readers within its first few weeks. It seems that this proposal is experienced as an outrageous insult by the very people it is intended to help”

Please see the full letter here:

and also from :

Allen Frances, M.D., was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He is currently professor emeritus at Duke

Up until now, the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association has stubbornly defended the indefensible DSM 5 proposal that would turn normal grief into clinical depression. APA has blithely ignored the contrary scientific evidence; the unified opposition of 47 professional organizations; 2 eloquent editorials in the Lancet; and critical articles in more than 100 newspapers from all around the world. The meager counter-arguments offered by the APA and DSM 5 leadership reveal how badly they have lost touch with clinical common sense, with the larger community of mental health professionals, and with the general public.

Recently, Dr Joanne Cacciatore wrote a moving blog opposing the DSM 5 plan. Within days, she had unexpectedly attracted more than 100,000 viewers. Encouraged by the display of overwhelming support, Dr Cacciatore has now written a powerful letter to the APA Trustees demanding that they take immediate action to protect normal grief from inappropriate DSM 5 medicalization…………..

Despair Artwork by Christopher Ritchey

TO the American Psychiatric Association from a Mother who Grieves:

I loved my son- I still love my son – I miss his smile- his humour- his laughter – his temper – his very being! We shared our souls (or the essence of what makes us) and my heart for 9 months -we shared my body – part of him that shared this space that is my being and my soul is still “physically ” part of this mother and all mothers who have shared their bodies – he is not just emotional left over to be “cured” . I resent the labels , I resent your plugging me into a category because I loved……….Maybe my son’s facebook page art work – descriptive of how he felt during his time with “other Drs. ” and experimentation might speak for him. Because through MY grief he still speaks

Artwork Chris Ritchey


Entry filed under: Doctors/Physicians, grief, medical, opinion. Tags: , , , , .

A Parents grief – APA – Diagnosis- You are mentally ill “A Story having …….” Googled equals Chris Ritchey/ That Woman

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave Cotton  |  March 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I hoe the “powers that be” finally hear the pleas of so many…

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    One can only hope but I have a feeling the pill to cure all our ill pharmacology is a major player……. I would dearly love to “talk” to that panel

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