DSM5 news roundup

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… Continue Reading →

ISEPP Statement on the (DSM-5)

ISEPP Statement on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) voices concerns over the APA’s May 2013 anticipated publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 25, 2012 – It is the position… Continue Reading →

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

As we watch the hullabaloo around the creation of the next DSM, one of the moves towards increasing pathology in normal people is to label grief a depression, hence opening the floodgates that more people will be treated with antidepressants.

The fact is this has already been happening for a long time. Many people are introduced to antidepressants after the loss of a loved one or after a divorce etc. Still, to further legitimize the mass drugging of normal pain and heartbreak that all human beings will face at one time of another as we live our lives is a bad direction to move in. The DSM5 wants to do that.

Stop the DSM5: two actions to take now

It is increasingly clear that the editors of the major psychiatric manual, which reaps huge profits for the American Psychiatric Association that publishes it, are ignoring the massive evidence of harm done by the labels of previous editions of the manual and of likely harm from what they plan to put in the edition they are now preparing. Because we are deeply concerned about the lack of science behind the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the absence of evidence that it helps in identifying effective treatments, the absence of evidence that helps with outcome, and the abundance of evidence of people being seriously harmed by receiving a psychiatric label, as well as because the editors of the previous, current, and in-preparation editions of the DSM have been largely unresponsive to concerns expressed about these problems, we take the following pledge:

“I will not purchase any form of any edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Why Doesn’t DSM 5 Defend Itself? Perhaps because no defense is possible

The arguments against DSM 5 are really quite simple and straightforward—and to me seem absolutely compelling. DSM 5 has failed to allow an open, independent and rigorous scientific review of the evidence supporting its suggestions. It is the result of a secretive and closed process that has lost touch with clinical reality. Its suggestions for new diagnoses and for reducing thresholds on old ones will promote a radical explosion in the rates of psychiatric diagnosis that will worsen our country’s already excessive use of medication. Finally, the DSM 5 preoccupation with diagnosing people who are not really ill will result in a misallocation of resources that disadvantages those most clearly in need them.

Open letter to DSM-5

We believe that the risks posed by DSM-5, as outlined below, only highlight the need for a descriptive and empirical approach that is unencumbered by previous deductive and theoretical models.

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