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American Psychiatric Association

Holding Psychiatry to a Much Higher Ethical Standard

Allen Frances | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatry is a noble and essential calling that should not be judged by the faltering incompetence of the American Psychiatric Association. We need to rectify the mistakes of the past if we are to establish the much needed higher standards for the future.

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Is Back To Haunt Us

Allen Frances | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Preventing psychosis would be a great idea if we could really do it; but there is no reason to think we can. And reaching beyond our grasp is likely to harm those we hoped to help.

Hunter Stuart

Pedophilia Is No Longer Always A Mental Disorder, APA Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living

In a move toward destigmatizing pedophilia, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diso...

Anatomy of a Smear: The Religious Right vs. the American Psychiatric Association

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

People tend to assume claims are true if they confirm something they already believe -- and the more fervent the belief, the easier they are to convince.

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...

Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Allen Frances | Posted 10.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

I have known hundreds of patients who were not helped or were directly harmed by psychiatry. But I have also known many thousands of patients who have benefited greatly. The overall results in psychiatry are quite good and compare favorably to other medical specialties.

Who's Crazy Now?

David Blistein | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Health professionals may diagnose my condition in various ways, but for those of us on the other side of the looking glass, the validity of a diagnosis is only as good as the success of the remedy.

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.

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.

Who Wants to Write?

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

As writers, it's important to know that "what" you write and "why" you do so will surely express "who" you are. Perhaps, that's why the APA session on writing was so powerful and pertinent for psychiatrists, and the rest of us.

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.

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.

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.

NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

Allen Frances | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The flat out rejection of DSM-5 by National Institute of Mental Health is a sad moment for mental health and an unsafe one for our patients. The APA and NIMH are both letting us down, failing to be safe custodians for the mental health needs of our country.

A Portrait of the Artist at 83

Chris Delyani | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Delyani

"Getting old is wonderful," my neighbor Robert Akeley told me with a smile, his blue eyes lighting up, when I asked him for the single most important message he'd like to pass on to Huffington Post readers.

Does DSM-5 Have a Captive Audience?

Allen Frances | Posted 06.14.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The best protection against wild over-diagnosis is to ignore DSM-5. It is not official. It is not well done. It is not safe. Don't buy it. Don't use it. Don't teach it.

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.

Why Will DSM-5 Cost $199 a Copy?

Allen Frances | Posted 03.26.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The exorbitant price for DSM-5 will be just another reason, were any needed, for buyers to abandon it.

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

Allen Frances | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The American Psychiatric Association has proven itself incompetent to produce a safe and scientifically sound diagnostic system. Psychiatric diagnosis has become too important in people's lives to be left in the hands of one small and insulated professional organization.

LOOK: Biggest Transgender Stories Of 2012

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

While there's still a lot more work to be done, 2012 saw some remarkable milestones for transgender people both in the U.S. and abroad. From Vice P...

One Last Chance for the APA to Make the DSM-5 Safer

Allen Frances | Posted 02.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Is there a last-minute way for the DSM-5 to restore some of its lost credibility? A great deal of irrevocable damage has been done, but I have four simple suggestions that would help reduce the harm done by the DSM-5 and demonstrate that the APA has regained its integrity.

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.

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

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public -- be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore the 10 changes that make no sense.

Psychiatrists Approve Massive Update To Diagnosis Manual

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 01.31.2013 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO -- The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-so...

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.