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Jun 15, 2011           

me+ME: Submission to the DSM-5 Task Force of the APA - P.S.
 

This is the P.S. to my actual full submission to the DSM-5 Task Force of the APA, that I uploaded to my site some four hours ago today and to the DSM-5's site briefly thereafter, in txt (ASCII) format rather than html.

What then happened is that it got submitted by me; the window with the editor through which I submitted disappeared; and that was that: No confirmation; no failure message - nothing.

Then I asked around and was told that a submission that the DSM-5 site accepts, is answered with an e-mail - and I got none.

Meanwhile, I am pretty "fatigued" with ME/CFS. So... what to do?

I assume that the reason it apparently was rejected, as I got no confirming e-mail, is the size of the submission, which is 106 Kb in txt.

So what I'll do is send this P.S. with the first two sections, and with proper
links in the text to the orginal html on this site.

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Submission to the DSM-5 Task Force of the APA

Weblink: http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.html

INTRO TO THIS TXT.VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL HTML
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- ORIGINAL: http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.html
- TEXTVERSION: http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.txt

THIS IS THE TXT (ASCII) VERSION SINCE THE APA-DSM-5 OFFERS VERY BAD HELP FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SUBMIT HTML.

HENCE I SUBMIT IN TXT, AND INSIST THAT THE ORIGINAL
http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.html
SHOULD BE READ FOR THOSE WHO WANT A WELL-EDITED VERSION,
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS, BACKGROUND AND ALL LINKS INTACT

THANK YOU.

MAARTEN MAARTENSZ
AMSTERDAM 15 JUNI 2011
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THE REST IS THE EDITED TEXT-VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL HTML:

Nederlog - Jun 15, 2011          

*me+ME: Submission to the DSM-5 Task Force of the APA*

    This is what the title says, and for the purpose of this Nederlog
    and submitting it to the APA has been split up into several tables
    as follows:

    1.  Title: *ON 'THE RATIONALE' BY
         THE DSM-5 FOR THE CSSD AND SSSD-DIAGNOSIS

    2.  Introduction by Maarten Maartensz
    3.  Revealing pictures of the real subject
    4.  On the formatting of this text
    5. "Justification of Criteria-Somatic Symptoms" -
        APA/DSM-5 text with comments

    6. References to literature by APA/DSM-5
    7. Refence list to items on maartensz.org
    8. Copyright of this text

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    *
    P.S. * Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later, and
    at the moment of publishing this in Nederlog the hurdle of
    submitting it on the APA's DSM-5 site
     <http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx>

    - "DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis", it is claimed there -
    still has to
be taken. (It seems likely they have arranged things so as to loose
    most or all of one's formatting, links and images, it is to be
    feared, but I'll do the best I can, if necessary submitting it as ASCII.)
   
 

 *
    ON 'THE RATIONALE' BY THE DSM-5 FOR THE CSSD AND SSSD-DIAGNOSIS
                         by drs. Maarten Maartensz
                         psychologist and philosopher of science
 *          

    * Introduction:*

I have ME/CFS since January 1, 1979, and have not been able to get
the help other ill people are legally entitled too, and that 
mostly because the received medical wisdom is and has been that
"medically unexplained diseases" are a sufficient ground for
average MDs to infer that "therefore" the disease does not exist,
and whatever suffering the patient has must be produced by the patient's
own
deluded thinking.

I fell ill in the first year of my university studies, but succeeded
nevertheless, but with intermissions and after a long time, to obtain the best
possible M.A. in the science of psychology - which I am very sorry to say,  
as  a
philosopher of science, is *not* real science, but mostly what the great
physicist Richard Feynman called 'Cargo Cult Science':

    <http://www.maartensz.org/log/2010/NL100908a.htm>:


The same, but more so, is true of modern psychiatry - as I found
out, starting late in 2009, when I dived into the topic of ME/CFS, having a
diagnosis
of "ME/FM" since 1989 by several medical specialists, while being
denied help by
health bureaucrats, on the ground that my disease "must be
psychiatric", because that saves money,
saves efforts on the part of medical
doctors, and is the cheapest
for insurance companies.

What follows is my criticism of the so called "*Rationale*" of the DSM-5 Work
Group, incidentally so incompetent that they don't even seem to know that

the "DSM-V" is *not* the right Trade Marked Term for their dangerous
nonsense. (Fehlleistung?)

It will be on my website in the section Nederlog:

        *   maartensz.org:  http://www.maartensz.org/
        *   Nederlog           http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.html

It will also be submitted to the APA, if I succeed in passing the hurdles, and if the socalled WYSIWYG editor supplied doesn't mangle my html-text, may even be read by the DSM-5 editors.

However, I do not expect it will make a difference, and my message
to persons who are not psychiatrists or clinical psychologists or psychotherapists is

        * that the DSM-5 is fraudulent pseudoscience;
        * that the APA should be removed from medical science as
           a fraudulent organization engaging knowingly and for money in
           pseudoscience; and

        * that the DSM-5 should be considered, by anyone who really
           knows what real science is like, and by anyone who is interested in
           helping ill people
honestly and rationally, as very dangerous totally
           non-scientific nonsense that
courts, lawyers, and health-bureaucrats
           cannot morally trust or rely on to make
fair decisions; and
        * that the DSM-5 has been carefully crafted by fraudulent
           pseudo-scientists to make refuting psychiatric pseudoscience on
           objective statistical
empirical grounds totally impossible by the trickery
           of making all diagnosing involve
wholly subjective qualifying (as in "overly
           concerned with one's health", 
"too much pre-occupied with one's
           health" etc. etc.: They call it "multi-dimensional)
and anyway is an
           exercise in pseudo-scientific labelling on grounds  that are

           nowhere given clearly, and always in terms unqualified vague terms (as
           in "Research
suggests there may be potential evidence" - that makes
           the nonsense of the APA look
like real science, because psychiatrists
           have their own
medical journals in which anything goes, as long as some
           psychiatrist wrote it, taking care to speak obscurely but impressively,
           and with mock reference to "peer reviewed"
nonsense by psychiatric
           bullshitters)


As to the strictly fair, strictly empirical and honest term "bullshit", see professor
Frankfurts fine scholarly contribution "On Bullshit", Princeton University Press, 2005
    <http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7929.html>
also reviewed by me in

    ** *The gentle art of bullshitting the public for money:*

     <http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110131a.htm>

        "One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so
        much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share.
        But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather
        confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being
        taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate
        concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there
        is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a
        conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other
        words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."

        Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers,
        attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic
        combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry
        humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related
        concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters
        misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by
        deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit
        need not be untrue at all.

        Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves
        without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They
        quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that
        claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that
        although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in
        it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the
        truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it
        matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a
        greater enemy of the truth than lies are."
            (From the website for "On Bullshit"
        <http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7929.html>)

In brief, for me the DSM-5 is a dishonest, irrational bid for power
by the APA. It should be rejected as immoral, irrational, dishonest, unreliable and fake, and is a sufficient reason to remove psychiatry from science, and replace psychiatrists by neurologists, neuroscientists or medical doctors who do have a REAL grasp of REAL science and who DO have a moral and medical attitude to ill people and to human rights.

The following is my take - a 61-year old psychologist and philosopher of science, ill without help for the 33rd year, mostly because psychiatrists have intentionally poisoned the source of real and moral medical science, and insistes that whatever medical science currently cannot medically explain "therefore" must be "psychosomatic", "somatizing", "somatic disorder", "between the ears", "dysfunctional belief systems", "thinking themselves ill" and other total nonsense without any empirical validation or justification, but eminently fit to keep psychiatrists in paid work, at the cost of patients' real interests and human rights, and to save commercial insurance companies a lot of money:

Rather than try to help ill people, they abuse the APA's pseudoscience to classify them as mentally ill, and therefore without right on medicines, research, or help, except by the frauds that are sanctioned by the APA, thus saving the insurance money on real medical scientific research and work.

It is immoral, dishonest, and pseudoscience - but it has a clear rational sufficient explanation: This is pseudoscience for money.

Because I happened to read Freud and psychiatric texts first when I
was 17 and already then was considerably upset by the evident irrationality and clearly fraudulent claims of much of the "science" of psychiatry, I have taken the freedom to refer to Freud as Fraud, since that is what Freud and the DSM-5 are about: Pseudoscience for money for psychiatrists.

There is a long list of references to material on my site with links at the end.

I am quite willing and able to defend my opinions in court, and I think psychiatry and the DSM-5 should be terminated as impostures and pseudoscience, that
also has been carefully and intentionally crafted as pseudoscience by the editors of the DSM-5.

    Maarten Maartensz
       M.A. psychology
       B.A. philosophy
       Ill in the Dutch dole without help due to medical malpractice since 1984.

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CONTINUED with the main text here, in html or in txt (but the former is better):

http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.html
http://www.maartensz.org/log/2011/NL110615a.txt

THANK YOU.

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And there it stands in the evening of June 15, 2011.

That is... I submitted the above and this time did get a reply:

Thank you for your submission.

We appreciate your comments and recommendations for the proposed DSM-5. The APA will be unable to answer each contributor on an individual basis. However, all comments will be reviewed, aggregated by topic and shared with the appropriate DSM Work Group(s). Responses will be reflected in future DSM-5 revisions and justifications for such revisions.

The comments you have submitted are as follows:

J 00 Complex Somatic Symptom Disorder

After which the above text appears, but with all perfectly properly in txt formatted ASCII by me now appearing after APA-automatized handling, minus all formatting except for spaces....

Well, I suppose it does illustrate the real interest the APA takes in comments by non-psychiatrists.

Anyway.... they could and should know; they have been notified; they have - all automated, and that not competently, but then it is the APA - 'answered' that they received my submission, and I leave it at that, for the moment, and indeed have no energy left to do more.

Besides, the fight against the DSM-5 and against an APA that dares submit that manner of pseudoscience as if it were 'evidence based science' will happen elsewhere than in the comments sections of the public's brief moments of commenting, I am afraid.

Finally, for those who want to know it all... here are the links to the txt-versions - and note that as this is not html but ASCII-text all illustrations and nearly all links are missing, so this is mostly for documentary purposes only:

- Long text of todays long submission in html:  
    
nl110615a.txt

- Text of the present submission:
     nl110615b.txt



P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


                         Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)
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