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DSM-5 Made A Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 made a mistake when it joined together into one big, heterogeneous category ('Substance Use Disorder') what in DSM IV had been two quite different diagnoses ('Substance Abuse' and 'Substance Dependence').

The No-Longer-Necessary Apology To Donald Trump

Joe Seldner | Posted 08.24.2016 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Three weeks ago, when I was briefly worried that Donald Trump could in fact be elected president, I began drafting a faux 'apology' to the clown prince of politics.

Does Trump Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Whether narcissism is a real disorder - as opposed to a dimension of personality on which we all vary - is controversial. Does Donald Trump conform to...

Trump and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Take away all the 'other' labels of Donald Trump - such as racist, bigot, fear monger, elitist or fascist - which are in and of themselves hard to fat...

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

Allen Frances | Posted 05.16.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap -- one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences.

Psychopath or Sociopath? It Makes no Difference What you Call Them

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Crime
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

From the earliest days in my career as a criminal forensic psychologist, I have encountered treatises and learned discussions about the difference be...

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.

How Renaming Schizophrenia Could Help Patients And Combat Stigma

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2016 | Science

The stigma that surrounds mental illness is not only insulting to the roughly one-quarter of the world's population that has one, it can also negative...

My Transgender Life: Dys-informed

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I could have "issues" with my gender identity, but it was not a disorder. This worked for me but I understood it did not necessarily work for everyone else.

Pornosophy: What Happens When You Fall in Love With Yourself?

Francis Levy | Posted 10.07.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Have you ever looked in the mirror and got turned on by the sight of yourself naked? Come on. You can be honest. We're only as sick as our secrets. But the fact is if your answer is yes then you need help. You're a real sickie.

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

Kim Jong-un's Social Anxiety Disorder

Francis Levy | Posted 06.25.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

A recent Times editorial points out two recent incidences where hyperbole has fueled accounts of the horrors of current regime in the DPRK, led by its brash young leader and film critic, Kim Jong-un.

So What Exactly Is Alcohol Use Disorder?

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Problem drinking is more pervasive and less frequently treated than previously thought, thanks to an updated definition of what constitutes "alcohol u...

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.

Buying and Selling Binge Eating Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The BED diagnosis and meds may be helpful for the few, but will almost surely be misused to mislabel and overtreat the many.

'Diagnosisgate' Deconstructed and Debunked

Allen Frances | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Dr. Caplan, as always, is careless with facts, quick with misinterpretations, and filled with wild accusations. I will first debunk what is simple nonsense in her claims and then discuss the issues that do have a factual basis.

Psychopath Vs. Sociopath: What's The Difference?

Robert Siciliano | Posted 11.24.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

The sociopath can be thought of as the rudimentary or undeveloped psychopath. The psychopath simply cannot form emotional bonds with humans. They lack empathy. They're skilled at behaving the way they should, but inside they're empty.

The Kids Will Be Alright: 'Beating' Autism

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

If "hope" was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Kids Who Beat Autism," whic...

The War on Grief

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of...

Mindful Medicine

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

This is what Mindful Medicine is: looking at the big picture, regarding the body as a holistic mechanism and interpreting symptoms on a grander scale. That doesn't mean that we should not treat our ailments; it just means that having expanded perspectives on how our entire organisms are functioning might keep us healthy longer.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 2 -- A Matter of Public Health

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Understanding and awareness is the key to successful management of ADHD, and to improving the public health impact of a chronic condition when it is not identified and treated. It starts by getting out of the muddy river of denial.

Multiple Personality -- Is It Mental Disorder, Myth, or Metaphor?

Allen Frances | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Why does MPD keep making its periodic comebacks, despite not being a verifiable or clinically useful mental disorder? My best guess is that the labeling of 'alters' offers an appealing and dramatic metaphor, an idiom of distress.

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.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 1

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

It's a catch 22, really. There is a public outcry against "overdiagnosis" of ADHD, but the rigor required for thorough diagnosis is extensive, expensive and not well supported by our public health system. So what are we to do?

How the Official Psychiatric Guidebook Deals With the Internet

David J. Kupfer, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

The diagnostic criteria for Internet gaming disorder describe individuals who play compulsively, to the point where online gaming becomes the dominant focus of their life and all other interests or needs are ignored.