Proposing Alternatives

The Classification and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Concerns: An Alternative to the DSM that is Practical and Consistent with the Principles of Science

I have been enjoying reading the various posts at the International Diagnostic Summit ().  There, readers can examine well-articulated descriptions of the numerous faults of the DSM.  At the same time, there is an understanding that criticism is far more useful when, in addition to pointing out the faults of something, it is combined...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

After the DSM-5, Then What? The Future of Diagnosis in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

Part I. The Context: Overwhelmingly Negative Reactions to Publication of DSM-5 This week, the American Psychiatric Association is holding its annual convention in San Francisco, and this is not your ordinary gathering of psychiatrists. This convention inaugurates the launching of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the...
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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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