Pressing Issues

In-person Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives

The Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives (GSDA) is an online, ongoing platform for rethinking mental health. Two days prior to the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Washington, , GSDA will host an in-person meeting of 20 to 25 researchers and practitioners in order to address alternatives to the current diagnostic paradigm and...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome Was Not Actually Removed from DSM-5

What’s in a name? That which we call a diagnosis by any other name would be just as codable. Those following the DSM-5 controversies will remember the infamous “Psychosis Risk Syndrome,” considered to be the most controversial proposal for the new diagnostic manual. The idea behind the “disorder” category was to capture subthreshold psychotic symptoms...
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Contrarian Concepts

DSM-5’s Somatic Symptom Disorder: From Medical Enigma to Psychiatric Sphinx

From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at Zobeide, the white city, well exposed to the moon, with streets wound about themselves as in a skein. They tell this tale of its foundation: men of various nations had an identical dream. They saw a woman running at night through an unknown...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

Dr. Insel, or: How Psychiatry Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Biomarker

A Response to RDoC It’s difficult to write about psychiatric diagnosis these days. Not only because it’s a scientific quagmire, but also because one risks getting put into a box. Rhetoric in the clinical world is like a strange game of musical chairs where all battle for a coveted but constantly shifting throne called...
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