Call For DSM-5 Reform Continues


Over 13,000 mental health professionals have signed an open letter from The Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32 of the APA) to the DSM-5 Task Force, outlining the society’s concerns about the new manual’s development, and calling for the process to be halted and re-thought.

Coalition for DSM-5 Reform → 

Related Items:
Experts unconvinced by changes to psychiatric guide (Reuters)
Newsflash from APA Meeting: DSM-5 Has Flunked Its Reliability Tests (Huffington Post)
Updates to Psychiatric Guide Spur Controversy (Washington Post)
First DSM-5 Field Trials Generate Mixed Results (Medscape Today)
Psychiatry Manual Drafters Back Down on Diagnoses (New York Times)

Related “In the News” Items:
Incoming APA President Emphasizes “Positive Psychiatry”
Weak Field Trials Scuttle DSM-5 Diagnoses
DSM-5 Retreats from Some Controversial Diagnoses
Ethics Complaints Over DSM Filed With the APA


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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. This is the Wannsee Conference II. Essentially we are watching fascists argue with each other over the best way to exterminate the emotional lives of those unacceptable to the standards of the Emotionally Cleansed Pure mind race. .. and more and more types of ‘miscreants’ are gathering in the cleansing net every year.
    “Oppositional defiant disorder” lol It’s a ‘mental illness’ to defy the robo-shrinks.

    “Lucy Johnstone, a consultant clinical psychologist for the Cwm Taf Health Board in Wales agreed: “(The DSM)is wrong in principle, based as it is on redefining a whole range of understandable reactions to life circumstances as ‘illnesses’, which then become a target for toxic medications heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry,” she said”

    Well said.! This is the situation in a nutshell. That multi-billion dollar industry owns senators, states, the government, the media, the propaganda system.
    What or who can save us from them?

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  2. Looking further I see the purpose of the new DSM is to go after several new markets specifically

    1 children
    2 the socially marginal
    3 the psychically impure IE even a little bit or possible symptoms will get you medicated (same idea as the ‘racial purity’ – achieving emotional purity of the population – a bland gullible manipulable, forced smiley face emotionally vacant population incapable of resilience or rebellion)
    4 Thought criminals – those who ‘might’ become ‘ill’. (And thus not letting them be ill they are prevented from being cured or healed).
    4 Social opponents: radicals, reformers, activists, partisans 🙂 , etc.

    The fact that they might ‘drop’ some of the new classifications is no reason to celebrate – the enemy of the population is still alive and well and thriving. This is a war of a corporate entity upon the population. The corporate legal identity is immortal, they have money, power, the propaganda system, ownership of the educational system, the medical systema and time, lots of time.
    It’s only a matter of time.

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