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Treatment Outcome for Bereavement-Excluded Depression: Results of the Study by Corruble et al Are Not What They Seem

J Clin Psychiatry 2011;72(8):1155 [letter]

Letter to the Editor

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In their recent article, Corruble and colleagues claim that individuals excluded from major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnosis by the DSM Criterion E bereavement exclusion (BE) had treatment outcomes no better than other MDD patients: “[O]ur results show that the 6-week outcome of depressed patients with versus without the MDE [major depressive episode] Criterion E bereavement exclusion is not different.” They conclude that the BE is invalid and join those who “argue against the continued use of the bereavement exclusion criterion in DSM-5.”