The DSM – Psychology and Psychiatry’s Subjective Sinking Ship
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has always been subjective… filled with made-up “mental illnesses” dressed up in the guise of objective science. Now, it seems, with the publication of the new, DSM Fifth Edition, it’s becoming obvious to many peoples – even professionals – that the DSM has no objective scientific clothing… and never has.
DSM-5 Implementation and Support – http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5
“In a humiliating blow to the American Psychiatric Association, Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director of the NIMH, made clear the agency would no longer fund research projects that rely exclusively on DSM criteria. Henceforth, the NIMH, which had thrown its weight and funding behind earlier editions of the manual, would be “re-orienting its research away from DSM categories.” “The weakness” of the manual, he explained in a sharply worded statement, “is its lack of validity.” “Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure.”
See: The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5 – http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201305/the-nimh-withdraws-support-dsm-5
NIMH rejects DSM-V
“The American Psychiatric Association is releasing the new, extremely controversial, edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-V. This increasingly bloated, subjective, unreliable, drug sales manual seems finally to have crossed some sort of b.s. threshold that is making the neuroscience community fire back. On April 29, NIMH Director Thomas Insel announced the NIMH will no longer be using DSM diagnoses in its research projects.”
“Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever. Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis, once common in other areas of medicine, has been largely replaced in the past half century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment.”
See: NIMH rejects DSM-V – http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/11/1208472/-NIMH-rejects-DSM-V#
“The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is here, and it’s dead on arrival. A few weeks ago, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announced it will nolonger fund research based on DSM symptom clusters — for the simple reason that thie DSM is irrelevant to determining the cause and treatment of psychological problems… In light of its failures, one might reasonably ask: why a new DSM? In truth, this fifth edition is just moving a few deck chairs on a sinking ship. Dumping the multiaxial system and Asperger’s disorder while adding binge eating, hoarding, and excoriation disorder (skin picking) has brought us no closer to a classification system that explains what’s wrong and guides evidence-based treatment decisions. Soon we’ll need to finish what the NIMH started — lower the lid, hammer it down, and bury the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
See: Goodbye to the DSM V – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/new-harbinger-publications-inc/goodbye-to-the-dsmv_b_3307510.html
VIDEO – New Mental Disorders for Children & Adults, Psychiatry and DSM V – http://youtu.be/ue_eVkcwZ04
Critic calls American Psychiatric Assoc. approval of DSM-V “a sad day for psychiatry”
Dr. Allen Frances writes that the American Psychiatric Association approval of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual this past weekend marks “a sad day for psychiatry.“
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: DSM 5 will turn temper tantrums into a mental disorder.
Normal grief will become Major Depressive Disorder.
The everyday forgetting characteristic of old age will now be misdiagnosed as Minor Neurocognitive Disorder.
DSM 5 will likely trigger a fad of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
First time substance abusers will be lumped in definitionally in with hard core addicts.
DSM 5 has created a slippery slope by introducing the concept of Behavioral Addictions that eventually can spread to make a mental disorder of everything we like to do.
DSM 5 obscures the already fuzzy boundary been Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the worries of everyday life.
DSM 5 has opened the gate even further to the already existing problem of misdiagnosis of PTSD.
See: Critic calls American Psychiatric Assoc. approval of DSM-V “a sad day for psychiatry” – http://www.healthnewsreview.org/2012/12/critic-calls-american-psychiatric-assoc-approval-of-dsm-v-a-sad-day-for-psychiatry/
“The Book of Woe”: Psychiatry’s last stand
“An account of the making of the new DSM questions whether psychiatry is — or should be — a science.
“Greenberg argues — persuasively — that this fifth edition of the DSM arises not out of any new scientific understanding but from one of the periodic crises of psychiatry.”
Salon – May 5, 2013 – “The Book of Woe”: Psychiatry’s last stand – An account of the making of the new DSM questions whether psychiatry is — or should be — a science – http://www.salon.com/2013/05/05/the_book_of_woe_psychiatrys_last_stand/
Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
“Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world’s poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker’s most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects.
“A haunting, deeply compassionate book—now revised with a new introduction—Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of “insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.”
BOOK – Robert Whitaker – Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill – http://www.amazon.com/Mad-America-Medicine-Enduring-Mistreatment/dp/0465020143
Anatomy of an Epidemic
“Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.”
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America – http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Epidemic-Bullets-Psychiatric-Astonishing/dp/0307452425
VIDEO – Robert Whitaker, author Anatomy of an Epidemic – http://youtu.be/5VBXWdhabuQ
VIDEO – Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging – Full Movie (Documentary) – http://youtu.be/UDlH9sV0lHU
VIDEO – DSM 5: Psychiatry’s Deadliest Scam – http://youtu.be/Qn0mgisVhgM
VIDEO – DSM V – Name a Disorder and Win a Prize – The New DSM 5 – http://youtu.be/sclrIojVN6s
VIDEO – DSM V – Is Being Human a Mental Disorder? Struggles with DSM 5 – http://youtu.be/UYBkrlnTgi8
VIDEO – Thomas Szasz: Does mental illness exist? – http://youtu.be/7Riet8REzsQ
VIDEO – Thomas Szasz: The Function of Psychiatry – http://youtu.be/tY78qJNLoQ0