DSM-5 Round up: April #2

DSM-5 Round up: April #2

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Update at April 13:


Abnormal Is the New Normal

Why will half of the U.S. population have a diagnosable mental disorder?

Robin S Rosenberg | April 12, 2013

Via Patrick Landman @landman35635068

News of a forthcoming event about the “medicalization of childhood” and the consequences of DSM-5. The organizers belong to the STOP DSM international movement.

6-8 June, 2013  Palais Rouge, Buenos Aires, Agentina


Fundación Sociedades Complejas

La FUNDACION SOCIEDADES COMPLEJAS. PROYECTOS EN SALUD Y EDUCACION se instituye con el objeto de promover el desarrollo, la capacitación, la formación, la investigación y el perfeccionamiento continuo de todos aquellos profesionales de la salud, la educación y la cultura que trabajan con bebes, niñas…

See also guest editorial by Patrick Landman on Side Effects at Psychology Today

Why DSM-5 Concerns European Psychiatrists

A guest contributor from Paris explains why the manual’s power is misplaced

Published on March 18, 2013 by Christopher Lane, Ph.D. in Side Effects

Patrick Landman, Université de Paris VII



The New Yorker

The D.S.M. and the Nature of Disease

Gary Greenberg | April 9, 2013

…The D.S.M. has enormous impact on the public health. It determines which conditions insurers will cover, which drugs regulators will approve, which children will receive special-education services, and which criminal defendants will be able to stand trial and, in some cases, how they will be sentenced. Psychiatry has already reached far into our daily lives, and it’s not by virtue of the particulars of any given D.S.M. It’s because the A.P.A., a private guild, one with extensive ties to the drug industry, owns the naming rights to our pain. That so significant a public trust is in private hands, and on such questionable grounds, is what we ought to worry about.

Delta Optimist (Part of the Canada.com network)

Districts sail into eye of potentially costly storm

Kevin Wright |  April 10, 2013

Next month the new DSM5 will be released.

Gone is the “temper tantrum” that educators might respond to with an inexpensive seat in the hallway or detention. Now, if a child has as few as three outbursts each week, the child may be diagnosed as suffering from the new “Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder” that may require a team of special teaching assistants, tutors and other education professionals.


Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
April 2013 – Volume 51 · Issue 4: 4-5
DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20130326-01


Change and the DSM-5

Shirley A. Smoyak, RN, PhD, FAAN; Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, APRN

Editorial free, subscription required for full papers

Maudsley Debate: “Enabled? Or Labelled”—Psychiatric Diagnosis on the occasion of the publication of DSM5 (Public event, London, Institute of Psychiatry, 5 June 2013)

Felicity Callard, of the Centre for Medical Humanities, will be one of the guest speakers in the 48th Maudsley Debate – which is open to all, and hosted by the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. The debate coincides with the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM5), as well as an international conference on DSM5, at which Felicity Callard is also one of the invited speakers.

48th Maudsley Debate: Enabled? Or Labelled?

This House believes that psychiatric diagnosis has advanced the care of people with mental health problems.

Wednesday 5th June, 6pm (refreshments served from 5.30pm)

To coincide with the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), sometimes described as the “Bible” of American psychiatry, the Institute of Psychiatry is hosting a debate on the issue of psychiatric diagnosis. Some argue that a rigorously standardised system of classification of mental disorders forms an essential role in conceptualising a patient’s problem, in predicting what treatments are likely to be effective, and in conducting valid scientific research. Others consider psychiatric diagnoses to be no more than labels, which lack scientific and predictive validity and serve only to stigmatise and objectify those who suffer from mental disorders. These issues will be debated in the 48th Maudsley Debate on Wednesday 5 June at 6pm at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill. The motion is “This House believes that psychiatric diagnosis has advanced the care of people with mental health problems.”

Speaking for the motion

Prof Norman Sartorius, former president of the World Psychiatric Association

Prof Anthony David, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry

Speaking against the motion:

Dr Felicity Callard, Senior Lecturer in Social Science for Medical Humanities, Durham University

Dr Pat Bracken, Clinical Director of Mental Health in West Cork and author of “Post- Psychiatry: Mental Health in a Post-Modern World”.

Chair: Sir Simon Wessely, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry Main Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF

For more information, click here

As previously reported:

Forthcoming CPD Certified conference at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, June 4-5:

DSM-5 and the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Where is the roadmap taking us?

A two day international conference following the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will take place at the Institute of Psychiatry on the 4th and 5th of June 2013.

Speakers include:

Professor David Kupfer, Head of DSM-5 Planning Committee and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

Professor William Carpenter, DSM-5 Task Force Member and Professor at the University of Maryland

Professor Norman Sartorius, Former director of the World Health Organization’s Division of Mental Health, and a former president of the World Psychiatric Association

Medical Xpress

How the DSM-5 has come to grief

April 3, 2013 in Psychology & Psychiatry

Widespread confusion about what constitutes grief, ‘normaI’ depression and clinical depression risks being exacerbated under the American Psychiatry Association’s newest classification system, professor of psychiatry Gordon Parker warns.

The Daily Beast

America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It

Jesse Singal | March 30, 2013

A new book reveals why a third of Americans convinced themselves they’re depressed—and what we can do to get sensible diagnoses. Psychiatrist Edward Shorter speaks to Jesse Singal about depression hysteria

In his new book How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown, the University of Toronto historian of psychiatry Edward Shorter takes aim at the what he sees as the massive overdiagnosis of depression in America.



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