Scale of Stressful Life Events and The Misdiagnosis of Sadness

Mind Hacks points us to a recent article in Psychiatric News arguing that the current definition of ‘major depression’ has led to misdiagnoses of ‘normal sadness’.

They argue that the diagnosis contains no qualifications about whether the reaction is appropriate in the context of the person’s life, meaning that people who have suffered unemployment, relationship break up or other forms of personal tragedy are considered equally as ‘mentally ill’ as people who have similar mood disturbances but without a specific trigger.

This reminded me of the Holmes and Rahe list of stressful life events. With a score of 162, my risk of illness is ‘moderate’.