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Treatment Before Tragedy: A Mother's Plea

Allen Frances | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Liza Long is the mother of a son who has bipolar disorder. When her post-Newtown blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" went viral, she decided that she had to speak up for children like her son. Her goal is to expose the gaping cracks in our badly broken mental healthcare system.

Defeating the Workplace Bully

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a national survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute indicated that 35 percent of American...

The Role of Biological Tests in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

May has been a dispiriting month for psychiatry and a sad and worrying time for our patients. Three of the leading mental health organizations have squabbled among themselves -- promoting silly and competing 'paradigm shifts' while ignoring the unmet needs of our patients.

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.

The NIMH Declares Independence From the DSM-5

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

For what we need to do in mental health research, the DSM approach is not appropriate. Even if it is still the best way to diagnose disorders and deliver treatment and knit the mental health care system together, it must begin to be supplanted by a new science-based framework.

The International Reaction to DSM-5

Allen Frances | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

I doubt DSM-5 will remain the international standard for research journals; it will almost certainly not gain any clinical following outside the U.S.; and it will also probably lose its role as the lingua franca of American psychiatry.

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.

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...

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.

Wait, Pray And Run: Himalayas Flooding Fears Grow

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green

TATOPANI, Nepal (AP) — Before Apa became a legendary Sherpa mountaineer, he was a humble Himalayan potato farmer who worked his fields in the Everes...

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.

10 Ways To Become More Resilient

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 12.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Pagliarini

Instead of trying to bob and weave what life throws at us, I'd rather have the comfort of knowing that I can take life's best shot and be able to get back up and move forward.

'Super Sherpa' Climbs Everest For Record 21st Time

AP/The Huffington Post | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A Nepalese Sherpa on Wednesday broke his own record for most climbs of Mount Everest by scaling the world's tallest peak for the 21...

7 Steps to Writing That Knockout Final Paper

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ruth Starkman

Whether you are in the sciences or humanities, there are a handful of objective steps to communication that you need to master.

LoDo Named One Of 10 'Great Neighborhoods' In The U.S.

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Lower Downtown Denver has undoubtedly been a centerpiece--if not the focal point--of the city's redevelopment over the last few decades. Now, the his...

APA Wants James Mitchell, Psychologist Who Helped CIA Torture, Stripped Of His License

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Psychologists in the United States have been warned by their professional group not to take part in torturing detainees in U.S....

Weekly Mulch: Politics, Power, and the Environment Beyond BP

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Washington has a blind spot when it comes to the environment. BP and the oil spill brought the government's ...

Apa, Nepalese Sherpa, To Climb Everest For 20th Time

AP | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KATMANDU, Nepal — A 49-year-old Nepalese Sherpa guide who holds the record for the most conquests of Mount Everest will make his 20th climb this...

Deforestation Reductions Could Save US Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters $220 Billion

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

America's farmers, foresters, workers, environmental groups, and key companies understand how important stopping deforestation is. It's time for the Senate to listen and invest.

Every Day We Delay...

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

As the Gulf Coast oil disaster shows, America has a failed national energy policy. We need a new clean energy policy to break our addiction to oil, en...

Apa, Everest Sherpa: Global Warming Makes Climbing Harder

AP | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

KATMANDU, Nepal — A Nepalese Sherpa who climbed Mount Everest for a record 20th time said Tuesday that the melting of glacier ice along its slop...

Scientists to Congress & Obama: count the carbon in biomass

Nathanael Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nathanael Greene

A group of leading scientists from across the country sent a letter to congressional leaders and Obama officials urging them to carefully count the carbon from biomass burned for energy.

Conan O'Brien calls, The Jobs Whisperer, Stephen Viscusi For Advice on His Next Career Move!

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stephen Viscusi

By Stephen Viscusi I sit and daydream about the number of celebrities who have been calling me lately for career advice. Ever since "Up in the Ai...