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Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

According to Greek legend, a young man was so fascinated, awestruck, and enraptured by his own image reflected on the surface of a pool that he sat lovingly gazing at water's edge for so long that he succumbed to his own vanity and eventually...Show More Summary

Size Doesn't Matter In Big Data, It's What You Ask Of It That Counts

Big Data is changing the way we do science today. Traditionally, data were collected manually by scientists making measurements, using microscopes or surveys. These data could be analysed by hand or using simple statistical software on a PC. More »      

The Deadly Trumpenhauser Syndrome Arrives

Trumpenhauser Syndrome. New addition to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The Trumpenhauser syndrome was recently included in the professional manual used by mental health professionals. According to the DSM-IV-TR...Show More Summary

7 Surprising Quirks You Didn’t Know About Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder (BED) is one of the most common eating disorders, yet it wasn’t included as an official diagnostic category until 2013, when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed. (DSM-5) was published. Prior to 2013, it was listed simply as […]

Psychiatrist Robert Spitzer — who fought the labeling of homosexuality as a disease — dies at 83

5 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, a pioneering psychiatrist who helped define the mental health field through his work on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is now dead at the age of 83. As reported by The New York Times Sunday, Spitzer died from complications of heart disease on...

Self-Driving Cars Have Twice The Accidents, But Only Because Humans Aren't Used To Vehicles Following The Rules

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When Google discusses its latest self-driving car statistics (provided monthly at the company's website), the company is quick to highlight that with two million miles of autonomous and manual driving combined, the company's self-driving cars have only been involved in 17 minor accidents, none of them technically the fault of Google. Show More Summary

The Most Fascinating Thing About Donald Trump's Racist Tweet

On Sunday afternoon, @realDonaldTrump, the official Twitter handle of the Republican presidential frontrunner, manually retweeted a deeply racist and inaccurate chart purporting to show racial crime statistics in America. As everyone in the world knows by now, the chart—created by Nazis!—is bullshit. Show More Summary

PTSD and the DSM-5: A conversation with Dr. Matt Friedman

More than thirty-five years after the 1980 recognition of PTSD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the data are unequivocal: Today there can be no doubt about the validity of PTSD

Depression too often reduced to a checklist of symptoms

How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) - the 'bible' of psychiatry - diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. AShow More Summary

Study Correlates Opposition to Homosexual Agenda With Mental Illness

For thousands of years homosexuality was acknowledged as a form of disease. For example, it was listed as a mental illness in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

They endured PTSD, and emerged stronger

9 months agoHealth : The Checkup

In the 35 years since the American Psychiatric Association added post-traumatic stress disorder to its definitive Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, PTSD has become a part of our national conversation — originally...Show More Summary

Stanton Peele: Are We Creating Our Own Addiction Surge?

12 months agoNews : Reason

The American Psychiatric Association creates the gold standard for diagnoses of mental disorders in the United States—and worldwide—through its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM-IV was published in 1994. In 2013, DSM-5 was released. 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

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.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism?

A group of researchers, families, and occupational therapists is aggressively lobbying to get sensory processing disorder included in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is currently being drafted. But what is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

DSM-5: A Disaster for Children

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’.

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

last yearLGBT / 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

Global surge in ADHD diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, expert suggests

A new article attributes ADHD's global growth to five trends: expanded, overseas lobbying efforts by drug companies; the growth of biological psychiatry; the adaptation of the American-based Diagnostic and Statistical Manual standards,...Show More Summary

The DSM: 4 Mindless Benefits & 1 Mindful Benefit

Therapists and health professionals have granted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) unprecedented power. This book offers the definitions as to whether or not you will be designated as someone with a psychological disorder. With this power, it is worth peeking inside at some of the big problems... read more

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