Cultural Issues

Why Does the Publication of the DSM-5 Concern European Psychiatry?

Note: This is an extended version of Dr. Landman’s article for Psychology Today published on March 18, 2013. The shorter and modified version can be found here:  The DSM, which stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is a reference manual meant...
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Cultural Issues

Medicalization and Its Discontents: A Deconstruction (Part 1)

 Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work? To ease the pain of living. –Allen Ginsberg The physician does not cure a disease, but a diseased person. –Maimonides Has psychiatry “medicalized” perfectly normal aspects of human existence? Have psychiatrists become diagnostic conquistadors, cavalierly invading the territory of ordinary human...
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Cultural Issues

Counselors for Social Justice Position Statement on DSM-5

Below is the Counselors for Social Justice Position Statement on the Development of the DSM-5. Dr. Julie R. Ancis served as Chair and committee members included Michael D’Andrea, Rhonda Bryant, Cheree Hammond, Susan Riser, and Shemya Vaughn. The statement highlights issues of concern related to the empirical basis of categories, or lack thereof, social...
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