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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 ...

Debating 'Gender Identity Disorder' and Justice for Trans People

Chase Strangio | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

On Saturday, the APA approved changes to the diagnostic criteria for Gender Identity Disorder. Many trans advocates celebrated the changes, but there are also many advocates with important questions about what it will mean for trans communities and advocacy moving forward.

Vanna Talks Candidly About Overcoming 'Bingeing Stage'

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Interviewing Vanna again would be a chance to see if she was still struggling with bingeing or if she'd found a way to move on. Talking with this now 55-year-old single mother of two would also be a great opportunity to speak the unspoken truth about this all-too-common eating problem.

Field Trial Results Guide DSM Recommendations

David J. Kupfer, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

Two years ago, the American Psychiatric Association announced the start of field trials of proposed diagnostic criteria for the future DSM-5. And now, as the first comprehensive analyses of that effort are published, what's clear is just how well the field trials did their job.

American Psychiatric Association Makes Controversial Ruling

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 09.21.2012 | Divorce

NEW YORK -- Rebuffing an intensive lobbying campaign, a task force of the American Psychiatric Association has decided not to list the disputed concep...

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.

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.

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.

Hopsice: Grief, Depression and the DSM -- Take Two

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

It is important that we continue to see -- and treat -- bereavement as a universal experience that is an integral part of life.

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.

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.

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.

Psychiatric Diagnosis by the People's Choice

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The American Psychiatric Association plans to release the newest edition of America's psychiatric bible, the DSM, in 2013. The effort to determine what constitutes normal and abnormal behavior in America is apparently an ongoing process.

Should Grief Be Treated the Same as Depression?

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) may soon redefine what we know as grief to depression, if symptoms last more than two weeks.

Aggrieved Over Grief As A Diagnosis In DSM

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

My concern is that if we add grief, or internet addiction or "Facebook depression" to an already-growing number of diagnoses, we are likely to find that nearly everyone on this planet suffers from mental illness.

When Does Grief Become Mental Illness?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

We should continue our cultural tradition of recognizing grief as a normal (and expected) human experience. If anything, the grieving person may benefit from support and sympathy, rather than being diagnosed as mentally ill and treated as such.

Revisions to Psychiatry's 'Bible' Have People Crying Overmedication -- But Don't Freak Out Just Yet

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

For what might strike a lot of people as inside baseball, the debate over the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is garnering a lot of media attention.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: How Do You Know If You Have Mental Illness? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education

2011-12-09-Screenshot20111209at8.41.34AM.jpgHow many times have you said to yourself, "I'm so depressed today." Or "I'm totally OCD about my closet. It weirds me out when anything's out of place." Does this mean you have a mental illness?

Cara Santa Maria

Psychiatry And Modern Science: Perspectives On The DSM | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

The DSM is the go-to manual for diagnostic criteria of a wide range of mental disorders, but some question it's validity and reliability.

General Mills Shows that Exporting Knowledge Can Make a Difference

Tamar Abrams | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

General Mills knows a thing or two about Zambia. It is one of four African countries where General Mills has been actively working to reduce malnutrition and insecurity.

World Sight Day: A See Change

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 12.12.2011 | Impact
Stephan B. Tanda

Given the tremendous personal, economic and societal loss that occurs as a consequence of preventable blindness, it is unacceptable that more is not being done.

Green Revolution Can Provide Food and Fuel

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Stephan B. Tanda

The human race will be around in a hundred years, even if oil won't -- in a big way at least. We will have long gone back to living off the land by that point, just as we did before the modern industrial revolution changed life seemingly irrevocably.