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At Last! A National PSA Campaign to End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 12:34:38 in Impact

“Finally, some publicized social awareness prods on a grand scale! It's way past time for this.”
Terrible News: DSM-5 Refuses to Reduce Overdiagnosis of 'Somatic Symptom Disorder'

Terrible News: DSM-5 Refuses to Reduce Overdiagnosis of 'Somatic Symptom Disorder'

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 14:00:35 in Science

“People care because insurance coverage relies on billing codes that adhere to approved diagnoses.

People also care because if you get slammed with a SSD diagnosis, you can guarantee that doctors will take you less seriously, or even completely dismiss you. Care gets compromised hugely, and that is a big problem. Some overburdened doctors can and will use this as an avenue to refuse treatment to people they don't want to bother with.

DSM diagnostic criteria are a holy book to a lot of therapists and psychiatrists. A sloppy DSM does not bode well for ill clients and patients.”

LiquidSolace on Jan 19, 2013 at 22:47:59

“"DSM diagnostic criteria are a holy book to a lot of therapists and psychiatrists. A sloppy DSM does not bode well for ill clients and patients. "

You're right, the DSM is pretty much a holy book to most therapists and psychiatrists. What's unfortunate is that of the people who contributed to the diagnoses in this holy book, almost all of them has financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies providing the drugs to "treat" these "illnesses".

Anytime certain foods are found to aid in a medical or psychological illness, the medical and pharmaceutical industries quickly dismiss it as invalid. Why? Because it doesn't make them money. Two handfuls of cashews a day have the same mood-elevating effects as a moderate dose of Prozac! Check this out.

"Pay careful attention to what is happening with dietary supplements in the legislative arena... If these efforts are successful, there could be created a class of products to compete with approved drugs. The establishment of a separate regulatory category for supplements could undercut exclusivity rights enjoyed by the holders of approved drug applications."

(FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy David Adams, at the Drug Information Association Annual Meeting, July 12, 1993)”

June Conway Beeby on Jan 19, 2013 at 16:57:02

“Thanks for this information. It was very helpful. The entire system is so disorganized and dysfunctional and difficult to fix that it is like trying to get control of a hydra.

Thanks again.”
DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 16:40:43 in Science

“It is obvious, by your comments re: Borderline Personality Disorder, that you have never actually met someone with severe BPD whose life has been destroyed by this disorder. Not "almost everyone is borderline"-- sure, many people have a Borderline trait here or there. That's called being human. To have full blown BPD is to be in a special level of nightmarish existence: a real living hell. Your ignorance, and the ignorance of the therapist you spoke with, is to be put to shame. You are both perpetrating a falsehood.”

Kenneth Lapointe on Dec 30, 2012 at 10:10:03

“Really? What you apparently try to describe doesn't sound 'borderline'. What's 'borderline' about it? I'd say YOU don't know what you're talking about. Maybe it's your psych meds.”

Kev C on Dec 30, 2012 at 04:55:24

“Oh dear. The word 'Borderline' says what it means. 'Borderline' on the edge. The fringe. It doesn't mean the switch has been thrown and your 'on' or 'off' depending upon the phsycos particular interpretation.
Besides who are these people in the APA who so grandly condemn or pardon humanity in such a trivial manner? Are they not megalomaniacs? Attention Seekers? Control Freaks? I'm sure there are stacks of cures for those disorders.
Meanwhile a good friend of mine has 4 children, 3 of whom are Aspergers, is herself very likely Aspergers but never diagnosed. However as she pointed out to me one day. 'I've gotten this far through life and learned to deal with the condition so having it diagnosed for certain serves absolutely no purpose. However getting it diagnosed for my children ensures they get all the help they need in a time of uncertain educational standards. Not every teacher is as focused on teaching every child in their class as they were when I was a child.'
Makes perfect sense to me. Instead of diagnosing people for special treatment you educate the greater society so they can adapt/accept these sorts of people society would indeed have evolved and matured instead of retreat into the dark ages of asylums and sanitoriums etc.
Ball and chain for the war veteran nurse. Can't have them wandering around aimlessly. And on your way there throw a bone to the binge eater in the corner.
Now where's my glasses?”