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The Globalization of Attention Deficit Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 02.21.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental disorders have become a global commodity. A diagnostic fad heavily promoted first in the US now quickly spreads around the world; and multinational corporations have perfected the profitable art of international marketing.

Diagnosis, Decisions, and Disorders of the Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.

Missing in Action: Mental Health Community Fails Fraud Victims

Bradley Foster | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Major fraud cases grab the headlines for a few days or weeks, then forgotten until the next one comes along. We never have to wait long. Media typical...

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.

Whopping 'Pedophilia' Error Sparks Right-Wing Freakout

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.01.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Why the World's Biggest Aid Agency Wants More Fans on Facebook

Justin Smith | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Justin Smith

Why should the UN's frontline organization against hunger care how many fans it has on Facebook? Surely there are more pressing things to worry about, like the millions of people who will go hungry this year?

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.

An Imperfect Manual

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

For those of us conducting therapy everyday, no diagnostic system really explains the depths of human suffering. The fact is that psychotherapy is hard to define and hard to explain.

How Do You Get to Be the Most Energy Efficient Economy of the World?

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

How do you get to be the most energy-efficient economy in the world? That's the subject of the new ACEEE International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool.

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.

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.

The Search for Mental Illness and Addiction in the Brain, Part II: Why Are the Human Psyche and Behavior So Complicated?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

The very inconclusiveness of the Human Genome Project as detailed in part one is pushing us to conclude that we were only looking in the wrong place when we put a microscope to our DNA. Instead, we have determined to look to the brain directly.

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.

After the DSM, What?

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

I have been arguing for many years in books like Rethinking Depression that the DSM ought to be repudiated. In recent months this idea has been gaining tremendous momentum and just recently the National Institute of Mental Health essentially repudiated the DSM.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (DMOM): An Interview With the Authors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.13.2013 | Comedy
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Now that The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM) has been released, we authors have graciously provided what we consider to be a Charlie Rose(nberg)-type interview about the genesis of their manual.

Depressed or Demoralized?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

A full professional workup can help to differentiate demoralization from a major depressive disorder. Troubling moods can arise from a variety of contexts. They may indicate a major mental disorder, but could also represent reactions to life circumstances.

Crazy on You

Tom McNichol | Posted 06.17.2013 | Comedy
Tom McNichol

DSM-V, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is due for publication in May. Here's a sneak preview of some new mental disorder categories.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

What's in Your DSM?

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Alderman

We non-shrinks have developed more common labels when dissing about people around us who we love or loathe. In the interests of non-science, here are a few of the more common terms in use.

Can You Be Just a Little 'Psychopathic?'

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere has been a supposed attempt in the soon to be published DSM-5 to move beyond the system of putting people into categorical boxes (e.g. psychopathic or not).

Transgender Disorder Stigma No More

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

In May, 2013, the paradigm for the way the medical profession view transgender people changes -- soon we will no longer be classified as having a "mental disorder." The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual is being updated and the "disorder" stigma soon to be removed.

Internet Use Disorder: What Do Parents Need to Know?

Danya Braunstein | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Danya Braunstein

Regardless of whether it's called an addiction, whether it's focused on the Internet or any other digital object, if your child displays a number of the signs below, it would be advisable to make some changes within your family.

DSM-5: Science or Dogma? Even Some Establishment Psychiatrists Embarrassed by Newest Diagnostic Bible

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 04.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce E. Levine

The DSM-5 (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) will be released by the APA in spring 2013.

The New DSM Reaches the Finish Line

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.

You may have already heard our big news in psychiatry: The first major revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) since the mid-1990s has just been approved by American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees. And the new DSM-5 will be published in May.

The Sexual Issue The DSM Doesn't Acknowledge

Posted 12.07.2012 | Women

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 12/06/2012 02:26 PM EST on MyHealthNewsDaily Despite recent strides in "sex ...