In a statement released last year and published on the DSM-5 Web site, former work group member Ken Kendler, M.D., who is now a member of the DSM-5 Scientific Review Committee, put forward a similar argument. "The DSM-IV position [on the grief exclusion] is not logically defensible," Kendler said. "Either the grief exclusion criterion needs
to be eliminated, or [it should be] extended so that no depression that arises in the setting of adversity would be diagnosable.
This latter approach would represent a major shift, unsupported by a range of scientific evidence, in the nature of our concept
of depression, as epidemiologic studies show that the majority of individuals develop major depression in the setting of psychosocial