Personalized Biological Testing In Psychiatry

Our current diagnostic system is based on fallible and subjective clinical judgments.

The Military Can Do More to Prevent Suicides

The military is taking sensible steps to reduce its unacceptably high suicide rate but is not going far enough in reducing access to two methods commonly used by soldiers- privately held guns and caches of prescription drugs.

Fairness Will Win The Debate And Win The Election

Barack Obama will win the debates and the election because our economic inequality has reached a tipping point that offends our inherent and hardwired sense of fairness.

Don't Blame Everything On Psychology

David Brooks is again using pop psychology to defend bad social policy.

The Epidemic of Suicide in the Military

Here are 10 ways the military can respond to the enormous increase in suicide, which is now twice as common as combat deaths.

Fighting the Wrong War On Drugs

We are fighting a battle against illegal drug cartels we can't possibly win, while we have not yet begun the war against the dangers of prescription drug abuse that we couldn't possibly lose.

Internet Addiction - The Next New Fad Diagnosis

Internet addiction is a fad diagnosis that needs to be stopped before it gains momentum.

Mass Murderer Psychobabble Misses The Gun Policy Point

In his recent New York Times piece, David Brooks" provides a psychological analysis of mass murderers, concluding that: "The crucial point is that the dynamics are internal, not external. These killers are primarily the product of psychological derangements, not sociological ones."

Follow The Money

The APA budget depends heavily on the huge publishing profits generated by its DSM monopoly. APA needs the money badly.

Public Relations Fictions Trying to Hide DSM 5 Facts

Recently APA recruited a public relations guy from the Department of Defense to respond to my concerns that DSM 5 is way off track. He immediately went on the offensive and (in an interview for Time magazine) made the obvious PR mistake of calling me 'a dangerous man'.

Newsflash From APA Meeting: DSM 5 Has Flunked Its Reliability Tests

The whole purpose of having a manual of psychiatric diagnosis is to promote diagnostic agreement.

Definitive Study Rejects the Diagnosis of "Psychosis Risk"

A British study has succeeded in definitively answering two of the most timely and consequential questions facing psychiatry today: 1) Is it a good idea to include a "psychosis risk syndrome" in DSM 5? and 2) Can early treatment programs prevent psychosis?

My Review Of 28 Sexually Violent Predator Cases

During the past two years, I have been asked by public defenders to review 28 SVP cases, mostly in California, but two each in Iowa and Washington, and one each in illinois and New Hampshire. All had previously been evaluated by two or three psychologists testifying for the prosecution and also by two or three psychologists testifying for the defense.

A Turning Point for DSM 5

Dr Joanne Cacciatore wrote a moving blog opposing the DSM 5 plan. Within days, she had unexpectedly attracted more than 100,000 viewers. Encouraged by the display of overwhelming support, Dr Cacciatore has now written a powerful letter to the APA Trustees. I think her letter could be the crucial turning point in the development of DSM 5.