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Applied Ethics Institute Hosts Lecture on Grief

Grief, Depression and Justice in Mental Health Care

Written by: Kelsey Carlo '18, PR Intern

On Thursday, Nov. 30, The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College will host Professor Serife Tekin, who will give a public lecture on “Grief, Depression, and Justice in Mental Health Care.”

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Carbone Family Auditorium in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Tekin is an assistant professor of philosophy at Daemen College. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the Department of Philosophy at York University in Canada with the dissertation, “Mad Narratives: Exploring Self-Constitutions Through the Diagnostic Looking Glass.” Tekin is a native of Denizli, Turkey.

Tekin notes that in the latest edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the DSM-5, the bereavement exclusion criterion has been removed from the diagnostic criteria for a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Thus, the DSM-5 now individuates grief-related emotional struggles following a significant loss as MDD, by highlighting their similar symptoms.

The controversial debate on whether to remove the bereavement exclusion from the DSM’s depression criteria has mostly focused on whether depression and grief-related distress are in fact distinct. In this talk, she uses a different argument to address the problems inherent in this change. Even if one assumes that there is no meaningful difference between the properties of grief-related distress and depression, evaluating the two on a par presents ethical challenges in the just addressing the needs of persons going through grief.

For more information about this lecture, contact The Applied Ethics Institute at aei@utica.edu or (315) 792-3759.

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