DSM5 news roundup

Stop the DSM5

I’m just putting together some links with some of the DSM5 coverage. It’s not an exhaustive list. There is LOTS of coverage right now. (I may add to this post over the weekend, check back)

Allen Frances MD writes two blogs. He is a psychiatrist and former chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and currently professor emeritus at Duke. He is leading the critique within psychiatry which often strikes me as somewhat amusing since many of his arguments against the DSM5 are totally appropriate made against the DSM IV which he apparently thinks is free of these issues. Still it’s a good thing that he’s making the argument. Going further down the very slippery slope must be stopped.

Both his blogs right now are covering the DSM pretty much exclusively: at the Huffington Post and at the Psychiatric Times — free registration is required at the second one.

Some articles:

DSM-5 Controversy Is Now Firmly Transatlantic — Why the APA’s lower diagnostic thresholds are causing widespread concern. — by Christopher Lane whose book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, broached the subject of over-diagnosis several years ago.

Do we need a diagnostic manual for mental illness? — Richard Bentall and Nick Craddock discuss the controversial revisions to the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (Richard Bentall is author of the book: Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?)

Two articles by Gary Greenberg:

Pity the poor American Psychiatric Association, Part 1

Pity the poor American Psychiatric Association, Part 2

Gary Greenberg wrote the book: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

Lonely? Shy? Sad? Well now you’re ‘mentally ill’, too — Expanded psychiatric ‘bible’ will see more people needlessly medicated, experts warn (The Independent UK)

Psychiatric Group Push to Redefine Mental Illness Sparks Revolt — An effort that promises to broaden the definitions of mental illnesses is spurring a revolt among health-care professionals in the U.S. and the U.K.

Sandra Ingerman – Shaman, Mental Health Counselor, Traumatic Stress Expert — How to Deal With Grief  — a response to the DSM trying to pathologize grief. Sandra wrote the book Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self

Some previous posts on Beyond Meds that cover the topic:

●  Grief to become just another form of depression? another disorder for the DSM5 (and alternative ways of thinking about that pain)

●  ISEPP Statement on the (DSM-5) — press release from ISEPP

●  Stop the DSM5: two actions to take now

●  DSM5 — short video and plea from the Society for Humanistic Psychology

And lastly if you want to stay up to date on a daily basis the blog you should visit is: Dx Revision Watch because they’re doing this sort of round-up every day. I’m not.

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