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Shrink Rappers at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in Toronto, May 2015

I'd like to invite you to come here us speak at this year's annual meeting in Toronto. We will be speaking at the following symposia and workshops: Value in Mental Healthcare: What Does It Mean, and Who Decides? - Symposium Toronto Convention...Show More Summary

The Future of Trauma

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been a mental health condition, classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), since 1980. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-III) in...Show More Summary

What Adds Value to Mental Health Care? Looking for Your input....

I need your help. This year at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Toronto, I will be talking on what adds 'value' to mental health care from the patient perspective. It's a symposium, and the other speakers will...Show More Summary

Book Review: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (and Antipsychiatry) Gets Told

When a non-fiction book by someone in power, like Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by former American Psychiatric Association President Jeffrey Lieberman includes a description of dropping acid you know you're in for a fun read. Show More Summary

Dismantling “Major Depression”

Almost forty years after the publication in 1980 of the epic third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, it is starting to become apparent that psychiatry made a historic mistake in getting rid of its traditional three or four depressive illnesses.

Dominatrixes Protest 50 Shades of Grey: "We're Not Sick"

When E.L. James wrote 50 Shades of Grey in 2011, she had an excuse for explaining her whips-and-chains sex god Christian Grey as mentally ill. According to the American Psychiatric Association, he was. The APA's heaving Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classified BDSM as a psychological disorder. Outed...

New Jersey Judge Rules Ex-Gay Conversion Therapy is Consumer Fraud

For the first time ever, a United States judge has affirmed what the American Psychiatric Association has been saying since 1973: Homosexuality is not a mental illness. Judge Peter F. Barsio Jr. of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled last week against the conversion therapy provider Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH). Here's the official ruling, short and sweet:

Loyola Psychiatrist Receives Profession's Highest Honor

Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has achieved Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor the profession can bestow.

Video Game Addiction: Does It Occur? If So, Why?

The concept of "video game addiction" has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, by many video game researchers, and by many psychotherapists who work with video gamers. I reject it too. Here's why; and here's how you might help someone you know who spends lots of time at video games and seems unhappy.

HomoQuotable - Greg Quinlan

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"The [PFOX 'ex-gay'] billboard speaks to the scientific fact that to quote the American Psychiatric Association, 'there still remains no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality.' There is zero evidence that a person is born a homosexual. Show More Summary

Loud and proud

4 months agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association voted 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKkGDaoTssk Born on this day in 1891 soprano Lotte...Show More Summary

Is the DSM-5 A “Book of Woe”?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the first version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1952. Its ongoing aim is to establish a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. Since the APA published the fifth edition of the DSM in May 2013, there has been […]

You’ll Never Guess Where It’s Still Legal For Kids To Be Forced Into Ex-Gay Therapy

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973. Numerous national health organizations in the United States have stated that there are zero scientific...Show More Summary

Fox’s Keith Ablow fires back after fellow psychiatrists denounce him as a hack

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Fox News contributor Keith Ablow shot back on Friday at a former president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) after he condemned Ablow’s on-air commentaries about President Barack Obama. “As a medical professional it is readily apparent that a President who tours the world...

What I Learned Part 3

Today I enjoyed the presentation about the role of the Academy and of the American Psychiatric Association in appellate litigation. Both organizations work together to file amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs for court cases that have relevance to psychiatry and the care of the mentally ill. Show More Summary

Taking Too Many Selfies? Don’t Worry, It’s Not a Disorder

A news article was recently published that described how the American Psychiatric Association had classified taking too many selfies as a new mental disorder. The only problem? It wasn’t true. Showing that far too many people don’t ever bother to check to see what kind of website they’re on, thousands of people tweeted and posted […]

New PPD Resource for Providers

The American Psychiatric Association issued the following news release:"Therapeutic Dilemma for Pregnant Women with Depression? Higher Premature Birth Rates for Both Untreated Depression and Antidepressant Treatment."The study foundShow More Summary

Allred: Shooter Guilty Of The ‘Mental Illness’ Of ‘Male Chauvinism’

Attorney Gloria Allred spoke on MSNBC about the mental illness that is male chauvinism. “Male chauvinism has been demonstrated, has been set by the American Psychiatric Association to be a certifiable mental illness,” she said. “And it is dangerous to women’s health.” She added that the “illness” of chauvinism also claimed the lives of the […]

How to Recognize and Handle Passive-Aggressive Behavior

The American Psychiatric Association defines passive-aggressive personality disorder as a "pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes and passive resistance to demands for adequate performance in social and occupational situations…" read more

May Is for Meetings and Mental Health

This has been the month for mental health meetings, coinciding with the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. Last week, the American Psychiatric Association meeting in New York City featured Vice President Biden. On Tuesday, the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) conference in Washington, D.C., featured Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

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