Friday, February 26, 2010

Wall Street Journal takes a swipe at the DSM-V and American Psychiatry


Wall Street Journal takes swipe at DSM-V and Psychiatry

I came across this interesting article in the Wall Street Journal I thought worth highlighting here for you. Though, I do not believe it's goes far enough in it's depth of questioning; kind of missing out on the huge force and influence the pharmaceutical industry has upon psychiatry's misdeeds and greed. Once you get past all the DSM-V in fighting, ego spats, and ridiculous mumble jumbo; it's really the money that drives this horrendously damaging modality and a false subjective so called science.

If hoarding makes it through into this latest voodoo DSM manual; then Big Pharma, Psychiatry, and now all of modern medicine appear to be suffering from untreatable cases of extreme hoarding and greed mongering. There are definitely not enough drugs on this planet to treat that kind of progressive rampant disease. Only total annihilation will suffice as the ultimate intervention in their particular cases and circumstances.

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WSJ -Why Psychiatry Needs Therapy<---- I suggest you follow the link to read the complete article

Why Psychiatry Needs Therapy

A manual's draft reflects how diagnoses have grown foggier, drugs more ineffective

By EDWARD SHORTER

To flip through the latest draft of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, in the works for seven years now, is to see the discipline's floundering writ large. Psychiatry seems to have lost its way in a forest of poorly verified diagnoses and ineffectual medications. Patients who seek psychiatric help today for mood disorders stand a good chance of being diagnosed with a disease that doesn't exist and treated with a medication little more effective than a placebo.

Where is psychiatry headed? What the discipline badly needs is close attention to patients and their individual symptoms, in order to carve out the real diseases from the vast pool of symptoms that DSM keeps reshuffling into different "disorders." This kind of careful attention to what patients actually have is called "psychopathology," and its absence distinguishes American psychiatry from the European tradition. With DSM-V, American psychiatry is headed in exactly the opposite direction: defining ever-widening circles of the population as mentally ill with vague and undifferentiated diagnoses and treating them with powerful drugs.


4 comments:

Mark p.s.2 said...

Yes money keeps it going and a desired profession and business. I overlook the money part and see the religious part (in psychiatry) of a belief in magical medications that fix a persons mind/thoughts. In the WSJ the writer wrote of psychiatric disease, and I still have a problem defining a persons mind/thought as diseased. Calling it disease makes the illness external, when its internal. The confusion and false(misguided) beliefs of the patient are the person. Kill the thoughts and you kill the person but still have the living flesh.
Psychiatry needs communication with their patient to discuss the false beliefs. But for psychiatry to remain a medical profession is must keep prescribing drugs like in "real" medicine. Doomed to failure.

susan said...

nice catch and lovely new look to the blog, I like it muchly.

Meg said...

Damn straight, Edward. Good for him for writing that article!

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