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
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...
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
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 [...]
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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 […]
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
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, 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
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
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
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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
The American Psychiatric Association recently made changes to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), which is essentially the bible of the profession, where psychiatric diseases are defined. Probably the most surprising change to they made: Caffeine withdrawal now fits the definition of a mental disorder! read more
Post by Deborah Cruz Did you know that drinking too much caffeine might now get you a certified mental health disorder, according to the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5. Show More Summary
Christopher Lane talks to Helene Guldberg about the newly published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’. read more
There are two sides to almost every story, and sometimes we publish both of them. That’s true even for science. When the new edition of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual came out, Slate ran stories criticizing it and praising it. Show More Summary
It’s official. Coffee addiction is a now a mental disorder. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) includes a condition known as “caffeine intoxication.” You may suffer from the caffeine-related disorder (and subsequent withdrawal) if you’ve had more than two to three cups of coffee and experienced five or more [...]