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How Psychologists Can Help Correct DSM-V: A Response

Simply throwing the baby out with the proverbial bathwater is really not an option as regards DSM-V. What the DSM-V and psychiatry need to re-integrate into their neurobiological paradigm is the dynamic power of psychology to both cause mental disorders and to heal them. Read More

In appreciation for the drug companies.

Perhaps the drug companies can say about you-you would rather protect your cash flow by keeping your patients foundering instead of dramatically improving patients by putting them on personality changing medicine.

Training people to act a certain way and play pretend is not changing their emotions,only medicine can do that.

You insult the great scientist's, who for 20 years, worked on a drug that change peoples lives.
I hope It's OK that I remind you of your insensitivity.


Reply to David

Psychotherapy--at least, the sort of psychotherapy that I practice--is not about, as you presume, "training people to act a certain way and play pretend." Real psychotherapy addresses the underlying psychological issues that result in various psychiatric symptoms and syndromes. Chronically repressed anger or rage would be one example. Psychiatric medications can complement psychotherapy, and are a very valuable treatment tool, and should be utilized whenever appropriate. But (as some recent studies and decades of clinical experience indicate) they have real limitations, and do not substitute for psychotherapy. Most research suggests, for example, that for anything more than moderate depressive symptoms, a combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy is the most efficacious treatment approach. This holds true for most other severe mental disorders as well in my opinion. And this is why I am saying that psychiatry and the authors and users of DSM-V must strike a better balance between biology and psychology in their conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

Psychologist Input

Organized psychology is far too busy pushing the liberal socio-political agenda to bother with challenging psychiatry's stranglehold on the diagnostic system.

The Art of medicine

I of course agree, both medicine and psychotherapy together are the best solution but maintain medicine comes first and therapy comes second to bring the patient up to speed and keep them in the best place possible;depending on their response to medicine.

I maintain if someone has chronic Depression and is post episodic, and not on medicine, then therapy is merely a placebo. What appears as change is really just patient pleasing the doctor.

I believe moderate Depression(Should be medicated) drastically alters the personality as well and makes most moderate Depressives very passive. Can psychotherapy help with these people,I think It can. But once taught, can or should they do without medicine?

psychiatrists will always have work and administering medicine artfully, hopefully makes their job easier and their patients less dependent.

I enjoyed your response-Thanks-Sincerely,David

Drugging is Not the Answer

Medication has created addiction, overdoses and deaths....how is this the answer?

Drug companies don't reveal all the facts about the risks of their drugs. The majority of Drug makers are after profits. Morality and ethics are gone.

People all over the world face depression throughout their lives. A healthier approach is one that uses support, understanding, and dialogue. No doctor truly understands what medication does to the human body...many psychiatrists have said that drugging is not the answer and that there are no tests to determine mental disorders. In the long run a person taking medication becomes a zombie and is more messed up. Benzodiazepines and prescription opioids have caused destruction. Check out CMAJ Dec. 2009 and Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan. 2010 on opioid mortality medical research.
To see the destruction medication is causing go to www.banoxycontin.com

"The" answer?

First, I'd like to suggest that Ada take a look at the following link: http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/logic.html, (with particular attention to the "false cause" and "hasty generalization" headings) It's a list of the most common "logical fallacies", many of which are represented in her post. If you're going to make an argument, make sure it's based on sound reasoning. (Seriously, I'm supposed to believe that EVERYONE on psych meds eventually becomes a zombie? And a biased web page about pain medication is the evidence to support this?)

More importantly, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression (or any other mental disorder)- every individual is different and should be free to choose the treatment(s) that best meet his/her individual needs. While there are risks to using medications, there are also many benefits. Many patients have been saved from suicide because of responsibly prescribed anti-depressants. Additionally, research has shown that quite often (perhaps most often), the most effective treatment for depression includes both medication AND psychotherapy.

The greatest danger in treating mental disorders is seeing mental health as a black-or-white issue.


The concept of mental illness was invented to explain the unusual and disturbing actions of individuals at a time when better and more valid explanations were not generally available. The mental illness explanations also legitimized the incarceration and mistreatment of these individuals.

The concept of mental illness is exactly analogous to the concept of witchcraft, which was invented in pre-scientific times to explain adverse phenomena such as crop failures and epidemics.

The problem is not DSM 5. The problem is DSM. The psychiatric-pharmaceutical consortium has succeeded in promoting the false and spurious notion that virtually every human problem is a mental illness and needs to be “treated” by drugs.

Perhaps the most profound tragedy in this sordid affair is the embracing by professional psychology of this spurious and destructive conceptual framework. Psychology is the science of human behavior! Yet our professional associations and individual members have endorsed DSM as if it were the Holy Grail. A large portion of our licensing exam is based on DSM, which is a bit like requiring Ag majors to know the signs of witchcraft and the various methods witches use to destroy crops.

What we don’t need is more psychological involvement and input into DSM 5. What we need is to exit stage. Psychology needs to distance itself from the so-called mental health field and begin developing areas of expertise and methods of effective intervention in the very many behavioral problem areas that beset the human race, e.g. crime, obesity, addiction, exploitation, discrimination, traffic accidents, poverty, pollution, war, etc., etc..

Philip Hickey, PhD

I fully agree that psychiatry

I fully agree that psychiatry is akin to a witchhunt.
It has graced human civilization with lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and the current chemical lobotomy provided by drugs.
There are numerous well-founded studies on the dangers of these drugs and their (often permanent) side effects, yet they are pushed on patients under the guise of treatment.
Soon sleeping in on the weekend will qualify as a disorder in the DSM, if it already hasn't.
When patients rightfully refuse medications, it is deemed yet another disease, or a symptom of disease, and the dose is increased or forced.
The saddest thing of all is those who have been on these medications long enough to realize the full lobotomy will argue and chastise others who disagree, often with venom and abuse. Yet, they purport that they are "cured" while exhibiting anger and rage.
The saddest part of this is that Western children are being experimented on under the guise of "medicine". Frightening. This will be the largest instance of human rights abuse for pharmaceutical profit.

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Stephen Diamond, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist in LA and the author of Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity.


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