Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, Gary Greenberg (Madness Radio)

Why did the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual become so controversial? Is it possible to alleviate human suffering without classifying it as a mental disorder? Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist, author of Manufacturing Depression and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, and journalist for Harper's, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, discusses the politics behind psychiatry's new Bible. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Raising of America: let’s give our kids what they need

Science has demonstrated that a child's experiences during the earliest years are vital to building the foundation for life-long individual success -- in school and in life. Now economists are studying the costs and benefits of high quality early care and preschool. And they're worried. Not because we're spending too much but because we're spending too little where it matters most. ...Preventing trauma and abuse in kids and supporting them in meaningful ways as they grow up should be a critical priority … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Illness is a monastery

Illness is a monastery with its own rules, asceticism, silence, and inspiration. — Albert Camus I have so often said that my plight was one of forced monasticism...one that bore much good fruit even if also painful. So that is the positive spin on all this. Dark nights of the soul do bear fruit. ... [click on title for the rest of the post]

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