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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 ...

The End Of Transgender As A Mental Illness

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Trans persons are no longer classified by the medical community as mentally ill, this decision coming 39 years after homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness. I have been involved in many civil rights campaigns, but as a physician, none has mattered more to me than this one.

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...

Will DSM-5 Reduce the Rates of Autism?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 autism group has been blinded by an intellectual conflict of interest. Eager to introduce its concept of an autism spectrum, the group lost sight of a crucial and obvious fact: Its proposed criteria set is written so exclusively that it must inevitably reduce the diagnosis of autism.

Are Tantrums A Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents

Naming a syndrome gives it power, which is why changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, are so closely watched. W...

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.

DSM-5 Field Trials Discredit the American Psychiatric Association

Allen Frances | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 field trial fiasco and its attempted cover-up is more proof (if any were needed) that APA has lost its competence and credibility as custodian for DSM.

The Meaning of Addiction Has Changed -- Addiction is Not a Characteristic of Things

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Virtually anything can be addictive for the "right" person at the "right" time -- one of stress or disorientation, when that experience holds out significant and powerful associations for the person, when the person is not inclined or able to be restrained.

Internet Addiction: The Next New Fad Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

There is no doubt that most of us have become hooked on our electronic devices, and that some people are gravely harmed by what develops into an unhealthy and uncontrollable attachment to them. The question is how best to understand, define, and deal with this.

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.

Taking a Stand

Mark Schulman | Posted 06.22.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

In November of 2011, Saybrook became the first, and to my knowledge the only, university to issue a formal challenge to the American Psychiatric Association.

DSM-5 Continues to Ignore Criticism From Petitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The petition to reform DSM 5 speaks with the powerful voice of more than 50 mental-health associations. It represents a significant percentage of the potential customers who eventually will have to decide whether or not DSM 5 is worth buying and using.

Follow the Money

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The APA offers a fait accompli that DSM-5 will be published in 2013 despite the poor Field Trial results, the petition requesting independent review from fifty-one mental health professional associations, the opposition from The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine.

Public Relations Fictions Trying to Hide DSM-5 Facts

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

DSM-5 is in such public trouble now because it heedlessly missed every prior private opportunity to self-correct. The solution is not the production of more PR pablum. Instead, DSM-5 needs to regroup, solve its problems, and avoid racing over a cliff.

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.

Spitzer Recants: Why Can't APA Admit Mistakes and Correct Them

Allen Frances | Posted 05.26.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

If a legendary figure like Bob Spitzer can correct his mistakes, surely the American Psychiatric Association can do the same -- for the sake of protecting our patients and keeping the mental health field united.

Changes to Mental Health Diagnosis Could Impact Caregivers

Leann Reynolds | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

How mental health professionals diagnose their patients could be changing, therefore affecting patients, families, and caregivers, after 2013.

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.

Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. In other words, the meaning of addiction is a never-ending American, and thus worldwide, cultural debate.

40% Of College Students Are Alcoholics, According To New Guidelines

time.com | Posted 07.14.2012 | College

Are you or have you ever been a college binge drinker? Welcome to alcoholism, a diagnosis your college self could qualify for under the changes propos...

Psychiatric Mislabeling Is Bad for Your Mental Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Unfortunately, DSM 5 will make the current problems with mislabeling much worse. Its new proposals (with the possible exception of autism) all cast a wider diagnostic net that will lead to much looser and less accurate diagnosis.

DSM-5 Rejects 'Hebephilia' Except for the Fine Print

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The prize for the most wayward of all the DSM 5 work groups must surely go to the sexual disorders group -- creators of three remarkably off-beat proposals.