Eve left note of an important article in the New York Review of Books today, in my comment section. It’s written by Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and so carries particular weight among those who generally find all of us who question the veracity in all these claims of corruption full of crap. This woman is from inside the ranks. We need more people like her coming out and speaking in this manner. Many of the psychiatrists who speak out like this get marginalized and ostracized from their comrades.
I will leave you with Eve’s quote picks from the piece as they are good focusing in particular on the DSM and diagnosis. The whole article and the books it’s highlighting are worth reading. I’m familiar with them all but have not read them yet. I hear Alison Bass’s book reads like a novel.
This article starts by going into the recent history of Senator Grassley busting particularly corrupt psychiatrists who take pharma money and is a good synopsis on all that if you’ve not been keeping up to date with the news. It continues and encompasses many issues regarding psychiatry, drugs, pharma and the DSM.
Eve’s picks regarding the DSM and the general fallacy of psychiatric diagnosis at all:
Since there are no objective tests for mental illness and the boundaries between normal and abnormal are often uncertain, psychiatry is a particularly fertile field for creating new diagnoses or broadening old ones….
…Given its importance, you might think that the DSM represents the authoritative distillation of a large body of scientific evidence. But Lane, using unpublished records from the archives of the American Psychiatric Association and interviews with the princi-pals, shows that it is instead the product of a complex of academic politics, personal ambition, ideology, and, perhaps most important, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. What the DSM lacks is evidence. (rest of article here–it’s quite packed with all sort of facts—good reading, I’m just too tired to do a really good breakdown of it)