“Mental Illness Still Hurts, no Matter What you Call it”


“(Director of the NIMH Thomas Insel’s) announcement is nothing short of a cataclysm in mental health. Imagine that you have a child who’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is on medication that seems to be working somewhat but which also causes weight gain and puts him or her at risk for suicide. You now have the most powerful scientific organization dealing with mental health (NIMH) at odds with the most powerful psychiatric organization (APA) about whether that diagnosis is valid.”

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