November 23, 2008
Re "Wrangling over psychiatry's bible," Opinion, Nov. 16 Christopher Lane's Op-Ed article alleges a lack of transparency in the development of the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. The DSM is recognized worldwide as the source of definitive criteria for mental illnesses. The process for the development of the fifth edition of the DSM began in 1999 and will conclude with publication in 2012. Hundreds of international experts, vetted for conflicts of interest, are involved in researching the scientific literature, discussing all options, assuring that attention is paid to gender, ethnicity, age and other factors and, eventually, testing hypotheses in the field.
January 5, 2009
Re "Psychiatry manual's secrecy criticized," Dec. 29 Your story notes: "As the field has changed, the number of disorders in the DSM has tripled to 300, an increase paralleled by the rise in sales of drugs that pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists tout as remedies for emotional suffering. Some critics suspect a quest for profits may have encouraged the field to create mental illnesses out of personality quirks." Readers might infer that this expansion was the result of adding disorders to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that lack a known cause or are related to those disorders for which there is a new medication.
March 1, 2010 |
Tiger Woods, who recently admitted to multiple extramarital affairs, said he is receiving treatment. David Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed professor on the TV show "Californication," underwent rehab in 2008. Dr. Drew Pinsky has launched a reality series dealing with the subject. Sex addiction talk seems to be everywhere. But mental health experts are split on what underlies such behavior. The American Psychiatric Assn. has proposed that out-of-control sexual appetites be included as a diagnosis in the next edition of the psychiatrists' bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to be published in 2013.
May 19, 2011 |
Jon Ronson is fascinated by people who are bonkers. And insane people who appear to be normal, and ostensibly sane people doing crazy things. The British journalist's book "The Men Who Stare at Goats" — about a secret U.S. military wing that hoped to use mind power to walk through walls, become invisible and perform psychic executions — was the basis for the 2009 film of the same title. Now, Ronson's paddling around the swampy parts of sanity again in "The Psychopath Test," a book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.
February 10, 2010
The DSM story DSM-I Published in 1952 Directed by William C. Menninger, a psychiatrist and brigadier general. The focus was on treatment of soldiers. Listed 106 disorders. DSM-II 1968 Listed 182 disorders. Many conditions were seen as abnormal reactions to life situations. A revision, in 1974, dropped homosexuality as a disorder. DSM-III 1980 Terms were made consistent with disorders classified by the World Health Organization.
December 9, 2012 |
That big fat bible of psychiatric diagnosis - the DSM - is one step closer to its overhaul, a task that has taken more than a decade. On Dec. 1, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Assn. voted to approve the fifth edition of the book, which psychiatrists use to diagnose patients. The final edition is due out in May. Among the changes: Asperger's disorder will no longer be classed as a separate condition but will be folded into an umbrella category called autism spectrum disorder.