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Multiple Personality -- Is It Mental Disorder, Myth, or Metaphor?

Allen Frances | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Why does MPD keep making its periodic comebacks, despite not being a verifiable or clinically useful mental disorder? My best guess is that the labeling of 'alters' offers an appealing and dramatic metaphor, an idiom of distress.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

Can we finally agree that our radical right wing could care less about the budget, or public health and safety, and that their real motivation is an unhealthy addiction to dire events. They are perpetually sweating, wild-eyed, at the edge of doom, ever in extremis.

Crazy on You

Tom McNichol | Posted 06.17.2013 | Comedy
Tom McNichol

DSM-V, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is due for publication in May. Here's a sneak preview of some new mental disorder categories.

Is This Type Of Sex Pathological?

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.04.2013 | Women

There's a debate over whether certain behaviors should be considered signs of mental disorders.

Where Have All The Normals Gone?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Allen Frances

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are spending tens of billions of dollars plying the worried well with unnecessary and expensive drugs; while at the very same time ignoring the desperate needs of those who really could benefit from psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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.

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.

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.

DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM 5 assertion of rate neutrality is, just on the face of it, completely impossible. A simple comparison of how DSM IV and DSM 5 criteria are written makes apparent that DSM 5 has to be much more restrictive.

Don't Confuse Grief With Depression

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Grief is the normal and absolutely unavoidable price we must pay for having the capacity to love -- it is most certainly not a disease.

Why Are Kids Suddenly So Sick?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Giving a name to difficult problems that are poorly understood provides a kind of false comfort, but the label often doesn't really add to the understanding and may carry risks of its own -- especially unnecessary treatment, stigma and wasted resources.

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.

America Is Over Diagnosed and Over Medicated

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Americans are taking too much medicine, often casually and unnecessarily prescribed by the wrong people for the wrong reasons, and causing lots of needless harm.

The Connection Between Big Pharma And Our Kids

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

I felt like I was really losing touch with my children, that there was a third force between me and them. That third force was big business, and it wasn't at all benevolent.

The Need to Question Supposed Certain Sex 'Conditions'

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The latest to get called out on concocting a condition is CNN blogger and sex expert Ian Kerner, who elicited harsh reactions with Sexual Attention Deficit Disorder (SADD).

Normal Anxiety, a Disorder, or Both?

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

While some anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, the anxiety that interferes with one's ability to function, to handle everyday situations, is a debilitating disorder.

Kara DioGuardi and the New Eating Disorder

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

It's not just about overeating. When your eating is out of control, causes you distress or is impacting your physical and emotional health, you may have Binge Eating Disorder.

War Over Addiction: Evaluating The DSM-V

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

You've heard about the Drug War? Well there's a war being fought over addiction by the Task Force revising the psychiatric bible in the United States.

What If We Had A National Institute Of Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

We don't have one now - we have a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This nomenclature has consequences

Sex Addiction: Is It Really an Addiction?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

Some researchers hypothesize that sexual addiction, substance abuse, and gambling share neurochemical changes in the brain--underlying problems with brain wiring and nerve transmitters.