Thursday, May 26, 2022

Around The Web

Updates on critical psychiatry postings across the Internet.

“Science Doesn’t Know Everything”

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Jerome Kagan, professor of psychology emeritus from Harvard University, says that "scientists studying psychological phenomena should replace their habit of linking one cause to...

Rats Choose Social Life over Drugs

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A classic experiment demonstrated that rats who had access to a full social life clearly chose not to ingest opiates, if given the choice,...

“Bad Diagnosis for New Psychiatry ‘Bible'”

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Gary Greenberg gets a chance to engage with Thomas Insel and Jeffrey Lieberman on the risks and benefits associated with psychiatric diagnosis and the...

“Being the Empowered Patient”

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Monica Cassani writes about what, and how much, it takes to be an empowered patient: "I was a mental health professional for so many...

“Is Criticism of DSM-5 ‘Anti-psychiatry’?”

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Allen Frances responds to critics of the DSM-5 protesters, saying "The American Psychiatric Association has never once addressed the substantive questions raised about DSM-5....

“Anti-Psychiatry Prejudice? A response to Dr. Lieberman”

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A doctor (an infectious disease specialist) responds to Jeffrey Lieberman's defense of the DSM, saying "Rather than respond to critics of the APA’s new...

“Why it’s Truly Bonkers to Believe in Shrinks”

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The U.K.'s Daily Mail reviews "Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good" by James Davies. Article →

“Science Isn’t Golden”

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Paula Caplan's Psychology Today blog on the "existential nausea" associated with seeing the recent controversy over the DSM and psychiatric diagnosis. This is a...

“Are Mental Illnesses Such as PMS and Depression Culturally Determined?”

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Britain's Guardian discovers, in light of the DSM controversy, that a "growing number of psychiatrists suspect mental conditions are 'culture-bound syndromes' rather than exclusively...

“Closed Thinking: Without Scientific Competition and Open Debate, Much Psychology Research Goes Nowhere”

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Science News offers an excellent review of the the perils and pitfalls of the scientific method as it is practiced in psychology today, concluding...

“Temple Grandin on DSM-5: ‘Sounds Like Diagnosis by Committee'”

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Salon publishes and excerpt from Temple Grandin's "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum", saying it "anticipated much of the thinking in the new...

DSM — the Latest News and Happenings… Collected

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Monica Cassani promises to add to Beyond Meds' chronicle, today and for the next week or so, of emerging coverage on the DSM rollout....

“To CDC on Children’s Mental Health: Consider Office of Homeland Attachment Security”

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Claudia Gold writes in the Boston Globe, "The time has come to recognize the overwhelming evidence regarding the importance of early relationships in healthy...

“Mental Distress Is Not An Illness”

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Philip Hickey, PhD, of the valuable blog Behaviorism and Mental Health, explicates the fuzzy distinction between "disorder" and "illness" when it comes to mental health,...

“There Was a Time – it Was a Long Time ago, Maybe 40 Years...

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For consistently trenchant analysis of the DSM controversy, visit 1 Boring Old Man. Among many posts this weekend, he eulogizes his early career as...

“The Inmates Seem to Have Taken Over the Asylum”

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Allen Frances writes, in the Huffington Post, a "plea to the American Psychiatric Association, to the National Institute of Mental Health, and to the...

“Do we Need to Change the way we Are Thinking About Mental Illness?”

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Britain's Guardian offers "experts on both sides of the debate over the classification of mental disorders" an opportunity to make their case. Article →

“Shortcomings of a Psychiatric Bible”

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The Editorial Board of the New York Times writes "Patients and parents concerned about mental illness have every right to be confused. The head...

‘Why the Fuss Over the D.S.M.-5?”

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Sally Satel, a prominent psychiatrist and co-author of the forthcoming book “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience" writes in the New York Times...

“Lost in Medication”

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Psychiatrist Sarah Mourra writes, in The Atlantic; "This isn't to say that people don't need to be on medication -- but this psychopharmacological myopia...

NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

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Allen Frances writes in the Huffington Post that "DSM-5 certainly deserves rejecting. It offers a reckless hodgepodge of new diagnoses that will misidentify normals...

“The DSM is not Being Abandoned — Psychiatry is Finally Growing up”

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Forbes magazine finds that the change in the NIMH's relationship with the DSM is "not so much that studies that use the DSM-5 will...

“Dr. Insel’s Blog is not big News… It’s an Affirmation of Something That has...

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1 Boring Old Man incisively analyzes NIMH director Thomas Insel's disavowal of the DSM, saying "it’s not likely to be a shock to the...

“Bipolar Writer Comments on Debate Over ‘Crisis in Psychiatry'”

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John Horgan, who announced that The NIMH's move away from the DSM was "a move sure to rock psychiatry, psychology and other fields that...

“Psychiatry’s Guide Is Out of Touch With Science, Experts Say”

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"Just weeks before the long-awaited publication of a new edition of the so-called bible of mental disorders, the federal government’s most prominent psychiatric expert...

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