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Death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God

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When non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief, new research suggests.
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Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today

Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News |

Where to draw the line between grief and mental illness?

Kim Warren's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:28 AM

This is an example of medicalization.  This is grief being turned into depression.  Now, it's natural to feel depressed when a loved one dies, but turning this into full-on depression is a little ridiculous.  Also talked about in the article is the fact that grief has changed a lot in the last little while.  When it's natural to have grief is steadily becoming a longer and longer period of time.  This goes along with the labeling theory.  When people are labeled as grieving for whatever reason, they believe they have to be.  This has become a norm in society.  They don't know exactly how long they are supposed to grieve; they just know that it's supposed to happen.

Melissa Denetdale's comment, February 10, 2014 2:22 PM
This ties in with the topic of how the mentally ill are labeled and are caught in the grey areas of society. This is a huge issue in society today. One of the most sought resolutions for this issue defining each and every mental illness and how to approach this issue. Doctors and medical professionals are unable to correctly diagnose an individual. So, where does that leave them to get "sane" again? I think this will continue to pose a problem that will be controlled by medicalization. Everyone endures a certain amount of distress in thier life. Mental illness is tied in with plenty of stigma that says medical prescriptions are a must and that there is no other way. There is a significant amount of people that experience depression. Just as the article states, it is difficult to identify how an individual is mentally unstable. This is an example of informal labeling. People only rely on new agents of social control, but those agents are utilizing mentally ill subjects as experiments. The borderline of grief and mental illness will remain a blur until those new agents of social control is able to sharply identify the cause of those mental illnesses and how to approach it instead of escalating the situation.
Erin Madden's comment, February 12, 2014 10:18 AM
Good article for discussing medicalization, Kim. What is the culturally acceptable grieving period in the U.S.? The article mentions the 2 week point, but is this fair? Saying that all grief lasting 2+ weeks is a mental illness is definitely an example of medicalization. Doctors are agents of social control telling us what is "normal" and what is "sickness" here, but it also seems like Melissa and Kim are skeptical of the line we're drawing. Should we give people longer periods to grieve? Are we expecting people to "get over it" too soon? Obviously, as the article states, there are cases where people who are grieving become extremely depressed and suicidal, but this is already medicalized. In this article they are talking about further medicalizing grief to not just include these extreme cases, but people who are just grieving longer.