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Contemplating Suicide

Ira Israel | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

The next time you or someone you love begins to eye that third rail or bridge with lust, try to discern the message that would be sent before it gets lost in the medium.

The Crack-Up Book

Charles Barber | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science
Charles Barber

I tell my students, if you want to learn about depression, don't read the DSM. Read The Crack-Up. If you want to understand grief, read Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking.

What Should Doctors Do When They Don't Know What to Do

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The difficulty accepting uncertainty is just as strong today as it ever has been. It leads now to excessive testing, quack treatments, and blaming the patient. We need to expand our frontiers of knowledge, but also to recognize our limitations and do the best we can within them.

Dominique Mosbergen

Is Asexuality A Disorder?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices

This is the second part of a six-part series on asexuality, in which we explore the history of the asexual movement, uncover current research on asexu...

When Temper Tantrums Become A Disorder

Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/17/2013 07:43 AM EDT on LiveScience Editor's Note: With the release of the latest edition...

My 12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We already had a crisis in psychiatric diagnosis before DSM-5. It is a sure sign of excess that 25 percent of us qualify for a mental disorder and that 20 percent are on psychiatric medication.

Saying Goodbye To Asperger's

Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/11/2013 11:34 AM EDT on LiveScience Editor's Note: With the release of the latest edition...

DSM-5 Writing Mistakes Will Cause Great Confusion

Allen Frances | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We were told prior to its publication that DSM-5 would be a 'living document' subject to correction. It turns out that this correction needs to begin right now -- DSM-5 in its current form is unacceptably imprecise and cries out for an immediate and thorough re-editing.

The Green Shadow Cabinet and a Mental Health Declaration of Independence

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The Green Shadow Cabinet, launched in spring 2013, is led by 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. Its purpose is to provide an ongoing op...

New Psychiatric Disorders and Their Social Side Effects

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Frankly, every new version of the manual (beginning with the first edition) has had its critics. It's always been viewed by some as "cookbook psychiatry" while others have found it immensely helpful in sorting through the myriad signs and symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.

Grief and the DSM: A Brief Q&A

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

In academic and clinical circles, there has long been a concern with differentiating between grief -- seen as a normal transitional experience -- and more complicated reactions to loss.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part III: The DSM-5 War Over What Being Human Means

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Insel represents a crucial American school of thought -- by far the dominant one in the U.S. today -- that equates the future of mental health with the brain, pure and simple. This school of thought is fundamentally wrong, has always been wrong, will always be wrong.

Two Fatal Technical Flaws in the DSM-5 Definition of Autism

Allen Frances | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 turns the current confusion into a complete Babel. The impossibly vague and confusing DSM-5 definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder is essentially useless for clinical or research purposes and is not a trustworthy guide for determining school services.

Psychiatry Must Be a Science, Not an Art

George C. Carpenter | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
George C. Carpenter

As every other medical field has been driven by high tech and dynamic science, psychiatry has spent decades refining the art of trial and error. With more patients every year suffering from mental health disorders, it's time to take the lessons we've learned in the rest of medicine.

DSM-5: When Collecting Becomes Hoarding

Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/23/2013 07:47 AM EDT on LiveScience Editor's Note: With the release of the latest edition...

To Diagnose or Not to Diagnose

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

In the realm of fiction, diagnosis serves no worthy purpose. In fact, it may even undermine the goal of character exploration.

LGBT Narratives, Memory and The Sense of an Ending

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The point of coming out and living free and equal is to allow all to not have to create memories based on shame and fear, to allow a life and its remembrance to be based on the emotions that we all have as human beings but which are grossly distorted by the closet.

Goodbye to the DSM-V

New Harbinger | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science
New Harbinger

If DSM diagnosis doesn't inform treatment, what good is it? The answer is one, to facilitate the exchange of money between payers and providers, and two, to create silos for focused research. With the NIMH announcement, scratch number two.

Grief Differs From Depression: Our Mental Health Guidelines Should Clarify, Not Distort

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

By removing the "bereavement exclusion" from what had been considered the bible of the mental health world, the DSM's editors risk undermining bereavement as a universal, normal, if profoundly painful, experience.

The Role of Biological Tests in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

May has been a dispiriting month for psychiatry and a sad and worrying time for our patients. Three of the leading mental health organizations have squabbled among themselves -- promoting silly and competing 'paradigm shifts' while ignoring the unmet needs of our patients.

The Healthy Debate About Mental Health

Jordan Smoller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Smoller

The most contentious debates circling the DSM-5 process are all tied to the fundamental question of how we define the boundaries of disorder and the lines between normal and abnormal.

What Is Normal And What Is Not? New DSM-5 Stirs Controversy

Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/20/2013 08:45 AM EDT on LiveScience With the release of the latest edition of the mental ...

DSM-5 Finally Unveiled

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, May 15 (Reuters) - The long-awaited, controversial new edition of the bible of psychiatry can be characteri...

NIMH: Neurology Trumps Psychiatry

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

We still have to rely on DSM to diagnose illness, but thanks to Dr. Insel the end of that state of affairs is a step closer. The identification and treatment of mental illness is about to leave the realm of psychiatry and enter the science of neurology.

DSM-5: Where Do We Go From Here?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My recommendation for clinicians is simple. Don't use DSM-5 -- there is nothing official about it, nothing especially helpful in it, and all the codes you need for reimbursement are already available for free on the Internet or in DSM-IV.