Mental Health Clinicians Can Use ICD-10-CM

I just read a blog by Dr. Dayle Jones that could have an important influence in the endgame effort to save DSM 5 from itself.

Psychosis Risk: Three Strikes and You Are Out

It is long past time for DSM 5 to accept that psychosis risk, however renamed or repackaged, simply won't fly.

The Scandalous Off-Label use of Antipsychotics in Anxiety Disorders

DSM 5 plans to introduce two new and untested diagnoses that would offer natural targets for poor drug prescribing—psychosis risk syndrome and temper dysregulation. There is no evidence that antipsychotics would confer any benefit on kids so labeled (and too often mislabeled), but great reason to worry that this would not stop their being used needlessly and recklessly.

Polypharmacy: Some Art, Some Science, Much Alchemy

Polypharmacy has become so ubiquitous that more accidental overdoses are now caused by prescription drugs than by street drugs.

Should Having Antisocial Personality Disorder Qualify a Rapist For SVP Commitment?

There are fundamental constitutional questions, a need for consistency across states, and a need for evaluators and juries equipped to deal with complex legal issues.

DSM 5 Needs to Reject Hebephilia Now

"Hebephilia" is a medical sounding term for what is a purely legal issue- the statutory rape of pubescent youngsters aged 11-14. This is a crime deserving punishment, not a mental disorder deserving psychiatric hospitalization.

The Autism 'Epidemic' Marches On

A large and comprehensive study recently performed in Korea has produced a surprising and disturbing result. The rate of autism is reported to be an astounding 1 in 38 - almost 3% of the population. Not so very long ago, autism was one of the rarest of disorders, afflicting only one child in every 2000-5000.