Is Emotional Pain Necessary?

Is Emotional Pain Necessary?
August 02, 2010

bereavement exclusion

As Holly Prigerson, a researcher at Harvard University who studies bereavement says, “What underlies a lot of this discussion is: Is it harmful to interrupt a normal grief process by medicating?” Medicalizing Our Experiences But for some people, the real issue raised by the bereavement exclusion is philosophical — or maybe the better word is existential. Dr. Allen Frances, the famous psychiatrist and a former editor of the DSM, says that more and more, psychiatry is medicalizing our experiences. That is, it is turning emotions that are perfectly normal into something pathological. “Over the course of time, we’ve become looser in applying the term ‘mental disorder’ to the expectable aches and pains and sufferings of everyday life,” Frances says. “And always, we think about a medication treatment for each and every problem.” From Frances’ perspective, if you can’t feel intense emotional pain in the wake of the death of your child without it being categorized as a mental disorder, then when in the course of human experience are you allowed to feel intense emotional pain for more than two weeks?

see also:

The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger
Shauna Shapiro
cortical thickening
I’m not good enough

In Defense of Sadness: Happiness Is Overrated
February 14, 2008
depressive realism
[2nd part is better]

you can’t measure suffering

8:10 todos aquellos síntomas de despersonalización, de disociación, de embotamiento emocional que lo hemos dicho, pero de mucho retraimiento, que la persona se encierra en sí misma y no es capaz de salir de ahí, personas que por ejemplo padres o madres que no son capaces de cuidar de sus hijos, y ya no de cuidar a sus hijos sino de cuidar de ellos mismos, personas que dejan de comer, personas que dejan de llevar una vida … no normal porque ya hemos visto que esto es un proceso, que se tiene que ir normalizando nuestra vida, pero que vemos como que paran. Que dejan de vivir.
V3_5 Patrones básicos de reacción de los adultos tras los incidentes críticos

7:30 …a la vida normal lo mas pronto posible
V3_6 Factores protectores y de riesgo en emergencias cotidianas en adultos

Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.