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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

2 weeks 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

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

Forever Young - Through Humor and Surgery

The late comic icon, Joan Rivers, like writer Daphne Merkin, and psychologist/blogger, Joan Ullman, have all voiced at times extreme unhappiness with their physical appearance - what in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is termed Bodily Dysmorphic Disorder. But far from having been undone, each woman triumphed over her affliction. read more

TacitoHealth Is an All-Inclusive Health Tracking Dashboard

Android/iOS: TactioHealth creates a report of your health risks and statistics, based on details you add manually or through wearable fitness gadgets. Read more...

Reclassification of PTSD diagnosis potentially excludes soldiers diagnosed under previous criteria

A new head-to-head comparison of screening questionnaires for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shows a worrying discordance between the previous version of the PTSD definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—fourth edition (DSM-IV) and DSM-5, released in 2013. Show More Summary

LA Man Sues Doctor For 'Chronic Homosexuality' Diagnosis: VIDEO

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Despite the fact that homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) over 40 years ago, it would seem that some doctors are still having trouble letting go. Such was the case with Matthew Moore...

Animal hoarding isn’t just gross, it’s a recognized psychiatric disorder

4 months agoHealth : The Checkup

The broad category of hoarding has only recently been recognized as a psychiatric disorder. In 2013, it first made an appearance in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the global reference book of mental health. Show More Summary

One Brave Reporter Went Inside America's First Video Game Rehab Center

Video game addiction has never received an authoritative classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychological Association's criteria-setting publication on all things related to mental illness. Show More Summary

VA treats trangender vets

Chief Tango sends a link to the Army Times which reports that the VA admits that they have treated more than 2500 veterans for gender dysphoria, you know that disorder that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders says “that childhood issues may play a role in this disorder” meaning it’s not service-connected. And […]

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

11 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

last yearGenres / 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 [...]

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