[acb-hsp] Fw: Good Investment Opportunities, Morality Not An Issue (DSM)
djrogers0628 at comcast.net
Thu Mar 18 02:55:01 GMT 2010
Subject: Good Investment Opportunities, Morality Not An Issue (DSM)
> To paraphrase what Mr. McGuire said to The Graduate's Benjamin: "I want to
> say one word to you. Just one word. Pharmaceuticals."
> PSYCHIATRIC MANUAL REVISION UNDER FIRE
> Rob Stein
> February 12, 2010
> WASHINGTON: Children who throw too many tantrums could be diagnosed with
> ''temper dysregulation with dysphoria''. Teenagers who are particularly
> eccentric might be candidates for treatment for ''psychosis risk
> syndrome''. People who are far too interested in sex face being labelled
> as suffering from ''hypersexual disorder''.
> These are among dozens of proposals unveiled by the American Psychiatric
> Association in the first complete revision since 1994 of the Diagnostic
> and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or ''DSM'' - the massive tome
> that has served as the bible for modern psychiatry for more than half a
> The product of more than a decade of work, the proposed revisions are
> designed to bring the best scientific evidence to bear on psychiatric
> diagnoses and could have far-reaching implications.
> ''It not only determines how mental disorders are diagnosed, it can impact
> how people see themselves and how we see each other,'' said Alan
> Schatzberg, the association's president.
> The proposals will be debated in an intense process over the next two
> years, with potentially billions of dollars at stake for pharmaceutical
> companies, insurance companies, government health plans, doctors,
> researchers and advocacy groups.
> But, perhaps more importantly, the outcome will help shape which emotions,
> behaviours, thoughts and personality traits society considers part of the
> natural spectrum of the human persona and which are considered
> The proposed changes have been the subject of sometimes bitter debate
> about whether the process was based on solid scientific evidence and was
> shielded from influence by the pharmaceutical industry.
> Supporters argue that the revisions would make diagnoses more accurate,
> creating more useful and precise definitions. For example, autistic
> disorder and Asperger's disorder would be replaced with a single category:
> autism spectrum disorders.
> Critics, however, fear the new diagnoses could unnecessarily stigmatise
> many people and lead to the unnecessary use of psychiatric medications.
> ''By massively pathologising people under these categories, you tend to
> put them on an automatic path to medication, even if they are experiencing
> normal distress,'' said Jerome Wakefield, a professor of social work and
> psychiatry at New York University.
> Dr Schatzberg said: ''We're mindful of the concern that we don't want to
> ''Risk syndromes'' have been proposed in the hope that early diagnosis and
> treatment will stave off the full-blown conditions. But Robert Spitzer, a
> professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, was concerned adolescents
> who were merely ''a little odd'' would be labelled ''pre-psychotic''.
> The Washington Post
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