The Hidden Dangers of Pathologizing Grief

The Weekend That I graduated from law school, my mother told me that she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurological disease for which there is currently no cure. As I recalled in a recent essay, I spent the following year watching as her muscles atrophied until she … Read more

Why Empathy Is More Helpful Than Sympathy for My Patients

Growing up, I never felt comforted when someone expressed their sympathy to me when I was in a difficult situation. And I have never been good at expressing sympathy for others. When we feel sympathy for someone, we feel pity or sorrow for their situation. But we don’t understand what it is like to be … Read more

Texas Killings Leave Nation’s Doctors Grieving, Seething

As details emerge about yet another mass killing of children, America’s physicians have reacted with a mix of outrage, grief, and frustration to the murders. On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a town of about 15,000 people almost 80 miles west … Read more

Unexpected Effect of Muscle Relaxation on Grief Severity

DENVER — A first-of-its-kind study evaluating a mindfulness intervention to ease unexpected grief showed that the control treatment, progressive muscle relaxation, was more effective. Dr Lindsey Knowles “Both progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness training were shown to improve severity, yearning, depression symptoms, and stress; [but] The results from this study suggest that progressive muscle relaxation … Read more

A Real, but Overlooked Syndrome

When an individual develops a terminal illness, those closest to them often start to grieve long before the person dies. Although a common syndrome, it often goes unrecognized and unaddressed. A new review proposes a way of defining this specific type of grief in the hope that better, more precise descriptive categories will inform therapeutic … Read more

Self-care Tips for Clinicians as COVID-19 Lingers

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LAS VEGAS – While frontline health care workers may have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire workforce has experienced some level of anxiety, stress, loss, grief, and trauma, according to Jon A. Levenson, MD. Dr Jon Levenson “There … Read more

DSM-5 Update: What’s New?

Ahead of its official release on March 18, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorderswhich is in the form of a textbook, is already drawing some criticism. The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR), which is not a full revision, only includes one … Read more