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Cops: Man Arrested For Playing Hours of 'Grand Theft Auto' While 2-Year-Old Stepson Suffered with Broken Leg

According to section III of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, video game addiction is approaching legitimacy as a psychological disorder. Although more research is required, the DSM-V states:...Show More Summary

Only one quarter of primary care patients with mild cognitive impairment have progression to dementia within three years

The concept of mild cognitive impairment has been introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition as mild neurocognitive disorder, making it a formal diagnosis.As part of the German Study on Aging,...Show More Summary

An Aspie By Any Other Name

Hanna Rosin’s son Jacob was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome four months before it was expunged from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Rosin reflects on what gaining, and subsequently losing, a label for her son’s condition has meant: [A]lmost the minute we got the diagnosis, my resistance to labeling melted, and so did my husband’s. […]

The Future of War (no. 4): We need to protect our personnel from the moral fallout of drone and robotic warfare

By Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, U.S. Army Best Defense guest columnist Until last year, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders required "actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others" for a diagnosis of PTSD. Show More Summary

Three Would-Be Carjackers Thwarted By Manual Transmission

3 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

I can't seem to find the statistic now, but I once read that only 1 in 10 Americans can drive a manual transmission car these days. That might be accurate, since a stick shift recently stopped not one, not two, but three would-be thieves in Massachusetts. Read more...

Rationally Speaking podcast: Jerome Wakefield on Psychiatric Diagnoses: Science or Pseudoscience?

What qualifies someone as mentally ill? The standard for diagnosis is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which just released a 5th edition in 2013 - but how objective is it, exactly?This episode of Rationally Speaking features Dr. Show More Summary

This manual of psychological disorders is actually a dystopian novel

6 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the premiere reference book for psychiatrists and mental health workers. But critics have often called it monstrous, wrong-headed and unscientific. Now, at last, one writer has discovered that it's actually a dystopian scifi novel. Read more...

New Study Concludes PMS Is Mental Illness; All Women Crazy At Least Once A Month

It looks as if science has finally come up with a way to legitimately brand women as mentally ill. The American Psychiatric Association publishes a handbook called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the most recent its fifth edition. Show More Summary

We need to move beyond the DSM paradigm

A paradigm is a way of thinking about things. For the past 60 or so years, our thinking about mental health and illness has been dominated by what can be referred to as the “DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) paradigm.” What this looks like in everyday practice is that when a child [...]

DSMV reviewed as a work of dystopian literature

6 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Michael sez, "The American Psychiatric Association recently released a new version of its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual - basically a catalogue of the categories into which they divide suffering.

Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5

Many of you probably already know that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was recently updated from version IV to version 5. (That’s not a mistake, the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the DSM, changed from using Roman numerals to using Arabic numerals.) I just discovered a 19-page document online that provides an overview of […]

News Genes Connected to Eating Disorders

6 months agoHealth : Healthland

Two families affected by anorexia and bulimia shed light on the genetic contributors to eating disorders. Eating disorders, which are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5, as a psychiatric illness, tend to run in families, and affect about 1% to 3% of women. Show More Summary

The Republican Party: three-headed monster

6 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Soon be included in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: For all that, this is a deeply divided base. Moderates are a quarter of those who identify Republican, and they are very conscious of their discomfort with other parts of...Show More Summary

Binge-eating disorder linked to lifelong impairments in 12-country study

Binge-eating disorder, designated only months ago by the American Psychiatric Association as a diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is associated with substantial lifelong impairments comparable toShow More Summary

Bring Back the Nervous Breakdown!

Psychiatric diagnosis is badly in need of shaking up, but it didn’t happen in the new DSM-5 launched several months ago. The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual just trims at the edges of the hundreds of diagnoses in this giant colossus while failing to come to grips with the commonest diagnosis in psychiatry: depression. read more

Pennsylvania Hospital Will Start Treating People For Internet Addiction

Internet addiction isn't officially recognized as a disorder yet, but it's a "condition for further study" according to the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the "bible" of psychiatric symptoms in the mental-health industry. Show More Summary

Clinically Batshit

Via edroso, I give you a classic example of projection on steroids, Ben Shapiro. Read this, and then ask yourself why “batshit crazy” is not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, because it bleeping well should be. Speaking of which — Jeff Tiedrich of Smirking Chimp Tweeted this yesterday – The premise […]

Scientists Find Brain Differences between Autism and Asperger’s

Recently, the American Psychiatric Association decided to merge Asperger’s and autism in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Now, both are classified as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). But was their decision premature? Parents and experts believed so, and now, a new study suggests they may have been correct.

The Roots Of The DSM

Philosopher Ian Hacking assesses the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the clinicians’ guidebook for psychiatric diagnoses. He finds a fundamental “fatal flaw”: The first stab at a medical diagnostic manual was made by a friend and exact contemporary of Linnaeus, with the rather daunting name of François Boissier de Sauvages de Lacroix, a physician and […]

Television on the Spectrum: The Best (and Worst) Depictions of Asperger Syndrome on TV

Asperger syndrome is no longer in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the DSM kids are calling it an autism spectrum disorder these days — but it’s still all over our television screens. It seems like no TV show...Show More Summary

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