When major established entities in any field openly criticize other major established entities, it usually means a period of chaos and opportunity. Last week, NIMH ripped out the heart of the APA’s DSM-5 by baldly stating that:
the weakness is its lack of validity
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There should probably be 3-4 sentences at the outset which say briefly what the document is, how it is intended to be used and by whom, and why this could be needed; that is, an introduction and rationale.
Please contribute ideas, phrases, sentences and even paragraphs for this section. Use the Comments function. Read other [read more...]
The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill, Allen Frances, MD, BMJ 2013;346:f1580 (BMJ Press release)
Somatic Symptom Disorder could capture millions more under mental health diagnosis, Suzy Chapman, May 26, 2012
David J Kupfer, MD, Chair, DSM-5 Task Force, defends the SSD construct, Huffington Post, February 8, 2013
Psychiatric News, Somatic Chapter Drops Centrality Of Unexplained Medical Symptoms, Mark Moran, March 1, 2013
Medically unexplained symptoms: a treacherous foundation for somatoform disorders? Dimsdale JE. Psychiatr Clin North Am 2011;34:511-3
New Psych Disorder Could Mislabel Sick as Mentally Ill , Susan Donaldson James, ABC News, February 27, [read more...]
Please share useful and important questions that a patient should ask of a professional. If you just want to suggest a Question, make a Comment (below) — and put in the subject line whether it is a question for Medical professionals, Mental health professionals, or both.
If you would like start a Discussion about a particular Question so that its nuances can be explored between you and others — then Start a New Topic, put the Question in the subject line and write a few thoughts about the Question you are presenting.[read more...]
How should patients who are seeking professional help, medical or mental health, approach a new practice or practitioner? Can they structure an interview around a list of questions, will that work or be acceptable? Do they need to keep questions in the back oftheit mind and get them answered less directly? What strategic recommendations would [read more...]