Monday, February 6, 2023

Tag: DSM

Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

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Leading figures in psychiatry acknowledge that DSM psychiatric diagnoses and the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness are not scientifically valid, but are useful fictions that help people manage their emotions and comply with their medication treatments.

Mad in America’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2022

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A roundup of Mad in America's most read blogs and personal stories of 2022 as chosen by our readers.

The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might...

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MIA’s Ayurdhi Dhar interviews Bruce Cohen about dismissive psychiatrists, pervasive psychiatry, and the field's ties to neoliberal capitalism.

Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

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Robert Spitzer, chair of the Task Force for DSM-III, discusses his decisions on inclusion, exclusion, expansion, and renaming disorders in the manual.

The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

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Binge Eating Disorder is one of many invalid diagnoses we’ll continue to receive as a result of the APA’s failure to correct the mistakes of past versions of the DSM.

Kenneth Kendler: “Implausible” That Psychiatric Diagnoses Even “Approximately True”

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In JAMA Psychiatry, prominent psychiatrist Kenneth Kendler writes that psychiatric diagnoses are “working hypotheses, subject to change.”

The DSM Files: Investigating the Incoherence of Psychiatry’s Bible

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A critical view of the way the DSM categorizes internal suffering and makes sense (or sometimes nonsense) of it—full of inconsistencies and bad logic.

Books Under Review: Fall 2021

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Reviews of four recent books reflecting various perspectives on the mental health system, including explorations of the DSM and Open Dialogue.

How Psychiatry Turned General Difficulties in Adaptation into “Real Illnesses Just...

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Though many psychiatrists have abandoned the "chemical imbalance" concept, they now promote the use of a pre-scientific notion that the only criteria for defining disease is the presence of distress or impairment.

Giving Up on Mental Health Care

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After 34 years, I've concluded that some psychologists/psychiatrists may genuinely want to help people, but they certainly don't have a good toolbox to do it with and, quite likely, never will.

Welcome to Planet Psychiatry

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With the leadership of industry and their cosseted, lapdog doctors, psychiatric medications are prescribed indiscriminately to nearly anyone entering a physician’s office with a psychological complaint.

Decontextualized Depression and PTSD Diagnoses Fail Indigenous Communities

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A case analysis of an American Indian woman illustrates how the DSM diagnostic criteria misrepresent the lives of indigenous people.

Belgian Guidelines Recommend “DSM Categories Not be at the Centre of...

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The Superior Health Council of Belgium documents numerous problems with the evidence base in the manuals used to diagnose “mental illness” and cautions against their use.

Constructing Alternatives to the DSM: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Raskin

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Dr. Raskin discusses psychotherapists’ dissatisfaction with current psychiatric diagnostic systems and explores alternatives.

Researchers Make the Case to Rename Schizophrenia

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The authors outline reasons for renaming schizophrenia and the way a change can reform practice.

Developing Alternatives to the DSM for Psychotherapists

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A new article suggests counselors and psychotherapists are dissatisfied with current diagnostic systems and outlines some potential alternatives.

Minimal Evidence for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in Childhood

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Researchers offer a critical take on the inclusion of the Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in the DSM-V.

The Creation of an Illness: Video Games and Defining Addiction

Part of what we mean when we say something is socially constructed is that the existence of an entity, in this case a specific medical condition, partly or wholly depends on certain social attitudes, beliefs, or reactions towards that entity. In this particular case, a mental illness exists if and only if it causes certain types of distress that we get to define.

D Is For Diagnosis

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In this episode of BBC Radio's Four Thought, child and adolescent psychiatrist Ann York discusses the benefits and potential pitfalls of psychiatric diagnoses and shares her...

Study Calls for Consensus on Overdiagnosis Across Medical Disciplines

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Lack of overdiagnosis parameters stifles communication across fields seeking to mitigate its potential harm.

Susie Orbach’s Guide to Books to Understand Yourself

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In this piece for The Guardian, Susie Orbach argues that we should not turn to the DSM to understand ourselves, but instead to the work of...

Mental Illness Weaponry and Shrink Hypocrisy

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In this piece for CounterPunch, Bruce Levine critiques the pervasive hypocrisy among U.S. mental health professionals, who on one hand claim they hope to abolish the...

Depathologize Shyness Now!

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In this piece for Medium, Jenny Karlsson makes the case for depathologizing shyness by removing "social anxiety disorder" from the DSM. "Shyness, under the label of,...

Beyond Critique: Psychologists Discuss Diagnostic Alternatives

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The Journal of Humanistic Psychology compiles diverse research offering diagnostic alternatives toward a paradigm shift in mental health care.

Why We Need to Get Better at Critiquing Psychiatric Diagnosis

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In this piece for Mind Hacks, Vaughan Bell, a long-term critic of psychiatric diagnosis, points out the major flaws and logical fallacies in some of...