American Psychiatric Association

The Psychiatrist Who Warned Us That Donald Trump Would Unleash Violence Was Absolutely Right

“‘There is typically a developmental arrest caused by early trauma or abandonment,’ Lee says. ‘As adults, they still act like children in the playground; convinced that might makes right, they often can’t stop bullying others.’ “ This article by Joshua Kendall has…
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The Book of Woe: the DSM and the unmaking of psychiatry

This book comes from Gary Greenberg. The publishers say: “Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the “official” view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness…
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He Spurred a Revolution in Psychiatry. Then He ‘Disappeared.’

The Mad in America website cites a New York Times‘ article , which begins: “On the second day of the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association in 1972, something extraordinary happened. While the assembled psychiatrists, mostly white men in dark…
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Book of Lamentations

“DSM-5 arranges its various strains of madness solely in terms of the behaviors exhibited. This is a recurring theme in the novel, while any consideration of the mind itself is entirely absent. In its place we’re given diagnoses such as ‘frotteurism,’…
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Letter of Resignation from the American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Lauren Mosher was clinical professor of psychiatry and an expert on ‘schizophrenia’. For 12 years he was chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia in the (American) National Institute of Mental Health. He spent his professional career advocating…
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Cured: How mental illness was used as a tool against LGBT rights

“In 1952 the APA’s manual had defined being gay as a ‘sociopathic personality disturbance’. It gave a supposedly scientific rationale to prejudices already widespread in the US and elsewhere.” Vincent Dowd reports for the BBC concerning the documentary film Cured: “Until…
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How Drug Company Money Has Corrupted Psychiatry

“After nearly three decades as a member it is with a mixture of pleasure and disappointment that I submit this letter of resignation from the American Psychiatric Association. The major reason for this action is my belief that I am…
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Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

Psychiatry Under the Influence has been written by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove. The publishers say that this book “investigates how the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests has corrupted the behavior of the American Psychiatric Association and academic psychiatry during the past…
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Not Crazy: You May Not Be Mentally Ill

The publishers of this 2011 book (by Charles L. Whitfield) say: “… It exposes the pseudo-science behind modern biological psychiatry that misdiagnoses people who have painful emotional, psychological and behavioral symptoms as being ‘mentally ill’ and then mistreats them with…
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