To the Editor: A preliminary study should be conservative in its conclusions. However, Dr. Freudenreich et al. join other colleagues who have drawn more global or universal conclusions. These have included 1) always linking "emotion" to "a triggering situation," as described in cognitive therapy; 2) abandoning the term "affect"; 3) abandoning the term "mood"; and 4) replacing both terms as a waste of time. Their letter condemns psychiatric training, clinical practice, and particularly the DSM diagnostic system.