Psychiatrists the world over await with enough symptoms to draw the attention of a prescription pad- toting colleague to find out which of their favourite diagnoses have made it through the final voting stages to get into the new version of their Diagnostic “handbook” “- DSM 5.
Importantly, to justify their position and the hours spent thinking up new diagnoses the new version will, like all others, pass the critical test: it will be at least half as thick again as the preceding version.
Yet, in a symbolic move of advanced thinking and openness the APA has responded to its many critics and dropped the roman numerals in the title: instead of DSM-V we’ll get DSM5. How many papers and committee hours that took, who knows?
The APA – American Psychiatric Association – meets this coming weekend in Pilladelphia to congratulate themselves for devising yet more ways to categorise humans as abnormal, disordered, not normal ; and so offer them unlimited membership as lifelong dependents upon the dubious benefits of their training and worldview; and the false promises and products of the pharmaceutical industry.
They will also, likely, talk a lot of golf and compare the latest research findings on which drug company reps give out the best / most freebies.
Yet the APA marches on oblivious and ignorant like the emperor in the fairy tale in his new outfit.
Here’s a short video of Jim Gottstein talking about why he’s going …
You can join the movement too, either in body by going to Philly or virtually by clicking to these ….
includes lots of info about the event- what it’s about, and about going to Phillidelphia.
- An Opportunity to Walk the Talk – Occupy the American Psychiatric Association May 5th in Philadelphia, PA (madinamerica.com)
- Protest American Psychiatric Association (behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com)
- You: Protesters, Rejecting Mental Illness Labels, Vow to “Occupy” the American … – Sacramento Bee (sacbee.com)
- William Heisel’s Antidote: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman (dxrevisionwatch.wordpress.com)