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Psychiatric Diagnosis

Does It Make Sense to Scrap Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

I am always skeptical of suggested new 'paradigm shifts' and worry that ambitiously striving for them will wind up causing more harm than good.

Antipsychotics and Kids: What Parents Should Know

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

e worry a great deal about children with psychiatric problems who aren't getting treatment, but we should also worry about those who are getting misguided treatment.

To Diagnose or Not to Diagnose

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

In the realm of fiction, diagnosis serves no worthy purpose. In fact, it may even undermine the goal of character exploration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Personalized Biological Testing in Psychiatry: Inevitable Reality or Impossible Dream

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Personalized psychiatric diagnosis has great promise and may be one of the few ways out of the current impasse -- the constant flow of group mean studies giving non-replicated or barely-significant differences.

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.

Can the Press Save DSM 5 from Itself?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Will the unfavorable press result in a more favorable DSM 5 outcome? We must hope so, because so few other corrective options are available. DSM 5 remains steadfast and rigid in its support of really bad proposals with extremely dangerous unintended public health consequences.

Preventive Psychiatry Can Be Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.

A Psychiatric Drug Story of Tragedy and Triumph

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

people need to know how lifesaving it can be when health professionals dare to be honest about the hazards of psychiatric drugs and the value of empathic therapeutic approaches.

The Hazards of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatric diagnoses seem to give us important information about ourselves and our emotional ills. In reality, psychiatric diagnosing is a kind of spiritual profiling that can destroy lives.

Our Psychiatric Civilization

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

We're so obsessed with psychiatry that patients devote themselves to adjusting their diagnoses and drugs, instead of addressing their lives.

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.