Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders

Diagnosis as Self-Understanding & Self-Alienation: what you need to know about your diagnosis

This article by Dr. Awais Aftab has been published on his Psychiatry at the Margins website. Although it’s very much open to question as to what extent the views expressed actually inform mainstream psychiatric practice, the article is nonetheless well worth…
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Book Review: ‘Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription’ by Michael P. Hengartner

This book review by Marion Brown has been published by BJGP Life (which publishes comment and opinion on research and clinical care for the primary care community): “Hengartner begins ‘Over my academic career, I went into different stages of belief and disbelief.’…
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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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Studying Mental Health Problems as Systems, Not Syndromes

This article by Eiko I. Fried has been published in Sage Journals. The abstract says: “Despite decades of clinical, sociopolitical, and research efforts, progress in understanding and treating mental health problems remains disappointing. I discuss two barriers that have contributed to…
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Are We Homogenizing The Global View Of A Normal Mind?

This article from 2013 comes from P. Murali Doraiswamy (Professor of Psychiatry, Translational Neuroscience Division, Duke University Health System) and has been published by the Edge. It begins: “Should we worry about the consequences of exporting America’s view of an unhealthy…
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What Is the Importance of Nassir Ghaemi’s Conclusion that Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Provide a Long-term Benefit?

“… [Nassir] Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, concluded that psychiatric drugs, except for lithium, do not provide a long-term benefit and thus should mostly be prescribed for short-term relief of symptoms.“ This article by Robert Whitaker has…
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Mental Illness Is Not in Your Head

This review by Marco Ramos of two books – Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness and Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness – has been published in the Boston Review. It begins: “In 1990 President George Bush  announced  that ‘a new era of discovery’ was ‘dawning in brain research.’ Over the next several decades…
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Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research

This book has been written by Jeffrey Poland and Serife Tekin. The abstract says: “The subject of the book is the culture of crisis and controversy that exists in contemporary mental health research, following the publication of the fifth edition of…
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Are you mentally ill, or very unhappy? Psychiatrists can’t agree

This article by Sophie McBain has been published in The New Statesman. It begins: “One afternoon in December 2004, Samantha* left her house in northern England and walked to the nearby river. She tried not to think about her five young…
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It’s Time for Us to Stop Being So Defensive About Criticisms of Psychiatry

This article by psychiatrist Dr. Awais Aftab has been published in the Psychiatric Times. It begins: “I read the article “ It’s Time for Us to Stop Waffling About Psychiatry ”2 by Daniel Morehead, MD, with great interest, particularly since it makes frequent references to some of my work in Psychiatric…
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