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American Psychiatric Association

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am deeply concerned about our country's ability to attract new and fresh talent, whom I believe may be the only ones who can rescue our nation from the political cynicism and malaise, and heal the political scars and deep divisions. Possibly the current crisis has had the effect of motivating some to do exactly that.

Can DSM-5 Correct Its Mistakes? I Say No, DSM-5 Says Yes

Allen Frances | Posted 03.01.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

It is now almost three years since DSM-5 was published; time enough to judge whether it is living up to the promise that it would be a self correcting, "living document." To its credit, APA did establish a mechanism to identify DSM-5 errors and to correct them.

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer, the Most Influential Psychiatrist of His Time

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allen Frances

There is an ongoing debate whether the flow of history is pushed forward more by ineluctable forces or by the prominent people who represent them. I u...

Gun Control Debate: A View from Hoplophiliaville

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Most clear thinking people understand that "hoplophobia" itself is an irrational term since there is nothing "irrational" about fearing that one could be listed among the 10,000+ gun-related homicides each year in the U.S., many perpetrated by people who purchased firearms legally.

Torture, Psychology and the Real APA

David Moshman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Moshman

Once psychologists used their knowledge of human behavior to understand, help and heal. Now psychologists were using their expertise to destroy the fundamental psychological integrity of people held captive outside the criminal justice system.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Book Review: Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

DJ Jaffe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove aspires to be an important book, but is a misleading one that covers little new ground.

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty...

Book Review: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (and Antipsychiatry) Gets Told

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry does a good job at criticizing both antipsychiatry and psychiatry. That's a worthy first and well worth reading.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

Americans Are More Stressed About Money Than Anything Else

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living

The economy may be improving, but finances are still a stressful burden on Americans -- especially among young adults and parents, according to the Am...

Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the entire LGBT community and our allies to join this fight. It is about us. It is a simple fact that no one can or should try to change who we are. Whether we were born gay or lesbian, or whether we were assigned "male" or "female" at birth only to realize that our gender identity doesn't match, no one else should have the right to try to have us changed.

Police Killed Tamir Rice At a Playground: Do Safe Spaces for Black Children Exist?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

Forget Gun Control: Legislate for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Instead

Brian Ross | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

The NRA has one on gun control advocates: Guns aren't a cause of violence. When used for non-sporting purposes, they're a symptom of emotional disorde...

Holding Psychiatry to a Much Higher Ethical Standard

Allen Frances | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatry is a noble and essential calling that should not be judged by the faltering incompetence of the American Psychiatric Association. We need to rectify the mistakes of the past if we are to establish the much needed higher standards for the future.

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Is Back To Haunt Us

Allen Frances | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Preventing psychosis would be a great idea if we could really do it; but there is no reason to think we can. And reaching beyond our grasp is likely to harm those we hoped to help.

Hunter Stuart

Pedophilia Is No Longer Always A Mental Disorder, APA Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living

In a move toward destigmatizing pedophilia, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diso...

Anatomy of a Smear: The Religious Right vs. the American Psychiatric Association

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

People tend to assume claims are true if they confirm something they already believe -- and the more fervent the belief, the easier they are to convince.

Whopping 'Pedophilia' Error Sparks Right-Wing Freakout

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A mainstream Christian news site and a number of smaller, right-wing blogs published stories this week alleging that the American Psychiatric Associat...

Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Allen Frances | Posted 10.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

I have known hundreds of patients who were not helped or were directly harmed by psychiatry. But I have also known many thousands of patients who have benefited greatly. The overall results in psychiatry are quite good and compare favorably to other medical specialties.

Who's Crazy Now?

David Blistein | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Health professionals may diagnose my condition in various ways, but for those of us on the other side of the looking glass, the validity of a diagnosis is only as good as the success of the remedy.