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Does Batman Have PTSD?

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

On the eve of the release of A Dark Knight Rises, I'm going to consider whether Batman has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the psychiatric disorder that most people may think a likely diagnosis for Batman.

Taking a Stand

Mark Schulman | Posted 06.22.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

In November of 2011, Saybrook became the first, and to my knowledge the only, university to issue a formal challenge to the American Psychiatric Association.

DSM-5 Continues to Ignore Criticism From Petitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The petition to reform DSM 5 speaks with the powerful voice of more than 50 mental-health associations. It represents a significant percentage of the potential customers who eventually will have to decide whether or not DSM 5 is worth buying and using.

Follow the Money

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The APA offers a fait accompli that DSM-5 will be published in 2013 despite the poor Field Trial results, the petition requesting independent review from fifty-one mental health professional associations, the opposition from The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine.

Public Relations Fictions Trying to Hide DSM-5 Facts

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 is in such public trouble now because it heedlessly missed every prior private opportunity to self-correct. The solution is not the production of more PR pablum. Instead, DSM-5 needs to regroup, solve its problems, and avoid racing over a cliff.

DSM-5 Inaccuracies: Setting the Record Straight

James H. Scully, Jr., M.D. | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
James H. Scully, Jr., M.D.

In a recent piece on The Huffington Post, Allen Frances, M.D., demonstrates either an embarrassing lack of knowledge and understanding of financial reporting or an intentional misrepresentation of facts in his continuing effort to attack the forthcoming DSM-5.

DSM-5 Costs $25 Million, Putting APA in a Financial Hole

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatric diagnosis has become too important to be left in the hands of a small, withering, cash-strapped, incompetent association that feels compelled to regard its bottom line as a higher priority than having a safe, scientifically sound, and widely accepted diagnostic system.

Spitzer Recants: Why Can't APA Admit Mistakes and Correct Them

Allen Frances | Posted 05.26.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

If a legendary figure like Bob Spitzer can correct his mistakes, surely the American Psychiatric Association can do the same -- for the sake of protecting our patients and keeping the mental health field united.

Changes to Mental Health Diagnosis Could Impact Caregivers

Leann Reynolds | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

How mental health professionals diagnose their patients could be changing, therefore affecting patients, families, and caregivers, after 2013.

Never Fear, the New DSM Won't 'Create More Addicts'

Deni Carise | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

The new DSM will not cause more people to be diagnosed with addiction. Instead, more people who may not yet be addicted (but whose substance use is nonetheless unhealthy) will be able to access very inexpensive but proven effective treatment earlier and more easily.

Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. In other words, the meaning of addiction is a never-ending American, and thus worldwide, cultural debate.

40% Of College Students Are Alcoholics, According To New Guidelines | Posted 07.14.2012 | College

Are you or have you ever been a college binge drinker? Welcome to alcoholism, a diagnosis your college self could qualify for under the changes propos...

Psychiatric Mislabeling Is Bad for Your Mental Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Unfortunately, DSM 5 will make the current problems with mislabeling much worse. Its new proposals (with the possible exception of autism) all cast a wider diagnostic net that will lead to much looser and less accurate diagnosis.

DSM-5 Rejects 'Hebephilia' Except for the Fine Print

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The prize for the most wayward of all the DSM 5 work groups must surely go to the sexual disorders group -- creators of three remarkably off-beat proposals.

Wonderful News: DSM-5 Finally Begins Its Belated and Necessary Retreat

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Sigh of relief. The DSM 5 website announced Wednesday morning that two of its most controversial proposals have finally been dropped. We have dodged bullets on "psychosis risk" and "mixed anxiety depression." Both are now definitively rejected as official DSM 5 diagnoses.

Alcohol in the Workplace: Cool Trend or Risky Policy?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Is making alcohol available at the workplace justified by arguments such as long work hours, the blending of work and home life, or the expectation that employees will act responsibly? I would argue that it is not.

If Gambling, Games, and Sex Are Addictive, What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

DSM 5's announcement that the psychiatric diagnostic manual will, for the first time, call something addictive that doesn't involve substance abuse -- gambling -- has opened the floodgates.

Definitive Study Rejects the Diagnosis of 'Psychosis Risk' and Finds No Treatment Benefit

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

A new study on the effectiveness of psychosis prevention is a clear caution against the DSM 5 proposal for a psychosis risk syndrome, and it should temper enthusiasm for rushing ahead with "ultra high risk" prevention programs.

Medical Specialists Will Try to Reduce Excessive Diagnostic Testing

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The new initiative by nine medical specialty groups to reduce unneeded diagnostic testing and treatment recognizes that many medical tests and procedures are not only wasteful, but also cause more harm than good.

Will New DSM-5 Diagnosis End 'Dementia' Stigma?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"Dementia" is a loaded word, one that carries with it the baggage of hundreds of years of gross associations and misunderstanding of the reality of the person living with the illness.

Deconstructing Psychiatry's Ever-Expanding Bible

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

Recent studies have called into question the fifth and latest version of psychiatry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's creation of new diagnostic e...

The False Epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Childhood bipolar disorder used to be vanishingly rare, but has recently become far too common -- in just 15 years, rates have jumped an amazing 40-fold.

Are You Depressed? Or Are You Grieving?

Ira Israel | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

I would like to explore the possibility that our scientific and capitalistic paradigm has an aversion to heightened emotions and doesn't allow sufficient bereavement time because grieving can hinder productivity, busyness and business.

Do We All Have Behavioral Addictions?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The relentless march to medicalize normality out of existence is opening a new and especially ridiculous front. The DSM-5 suggests providing a new section for "behavioral addictions."

'Xanax' Nation? My Anti-Anxiety Meds Give Me Enough to Worry About

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 05.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Journalists love declaring that psychiatric medications symbolize some slice of the zeitgeist. So I can't say I was entirely surprised when I opened my mailbox the other day and saw New York Magazine's latest cover article proclaiming that this is the era of Xanax.