Christopher Lane on DSM revision and New Scientist article

Christopher Lane commentary on DSM revision and New Scientist article

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Update @ 9 January 10

On the Media | The Art of Diagnosis | 26 December 2008

Does very severe PMS constitute a mental disorder? That’s one of many questions facing psychiatrists as they work to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, the definitive compendium of our psychic maladies. Because the DSM influences not just doctors and patients but medical research, insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, advertising and the culture at large, controversy surrounding its new edition abounds. Brooke looks at this powerful book…

Audio and transcript: includes contributions from Christopher Lane, Brooke Gladstone, Dr Darrel Regier (Vice chair, DSM-5 Task Force), Dr Michael First and others.

Christopher Lane, PhD, is the Pearce Miller Research Professor at Northwestern University and author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness.

On 12 December, Dr Lane published a commentary around the editorial and article published a couple of days before, by New Scientist:

Psychology Today

American Psychiatry Is Facing “Civil War” over Its Diagnostic Manual
What’s the real reason DSM-V has been delayed?

Yesterday, the American Psychiatric Association announced that it is pushing back the publication of DSM-V until 2013. The APA tried to put a good face on this rather embarrassing admission – embarrassing, because several spokespeople for the organization had insisted, quite recently, that they were on-track for publication in 2012 and that nothing would deter them…

Read full article here

On Friday, 18 December, Christopher Lane gave an interview on WNCY Radio, on the Brian Lehrer Show.  You can listen to the interview here:

The Brian Lehrer Show  |  18 December 2009  |  Mental Illness by the Book

“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is commonly known as the “bible” of psychiatry. Christopher Lane, Northwestern University English literature professor and author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, discusses the controversy around revising this manual.”

Related information:

Previous commentary from Christopher Lane on the DSM revision process:

Los Angeles Times
Wrangling over psychiatry’s bible
by Christopher Lane
16 November 2008


Bitterness, Compulsive Shopping, and Internet Addiction
The diagnostic madness of DSM-V
by Christopher Lane
24 July 2009


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