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.

My Third Letter to the APA Trustees

The following letter was sent to the APA Trustees and to the DSM-5 Task Force on February 12, 2012, under the title, Heads Up And Recommendations.

Do We Need a DSM-V?

Here's an editorial (with the above title) taken from the newsletter of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and written by its editor.

ICD-10-CM Delay Removes Excuse for Rushing DSM 5 Into Premature Publication

Until yesterday, there were only two reasons to stick with the projected date of DSM 5 publication (May 2013): 1) the need to coordinate DSM 5 with ICD-10-CM coding, which was scheduled to start Oct 2013; and, 2) the need to protect APA publishing profits in order to meet budget projections. The first reason just dropped out.

DSM 5 to the Barricades on Grief

The storm of opposition to DSM 5 is now focused on its silly and unnecessary proposal to medicalize grief. To paraphrase Voltaire, normal grief is not 'Major', is not 'Depressive,' and is not 'Disorder.' Grief is the normal and necessary human reaction to love and loss, not some phony disease.

DSM-5: How Reliable Is Reliable Enough?

This is the title of a disturbing commentary written by the leaders of the DSM 5 Task Force and published in this month's American Journal of Psychiatry. The contents suggest that we must lower our expectations and be satisfied with levels of unreliability in DSM 5 that historically have been clearly unacceptable.

Two Fallacies Invalidate the DSM-5 Field Trials

The designer of the DSM-5 field trials has just written a telling commentary in the American Journal of Psychiatry. She makes two very basic errors that reveal the fundamental worthlessness of these field trials and their inability to provide any information that will be useful for DSM-5 decision making.