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  Apr 28, 2012                  

me+ME+DSM-5: Announcing my answers to Question 1 about psychiatry

This is just another brief note in Nederlog to the effect of my title:

I have finished - the first version of - my answers to the commentators on Question I of
The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis  and this only serves to warn you:

The present version - in which I cite everything - is in one file of 519 Kb.

I had intended to have it all in one file, and I am sorry if your computer is slow or old: If so, downloading may take some time.

Also, while I think both my criticisms and my prose make eminent sense and are quite clear - and I have done my best for this, and supplied many links, internally and externally - it will probably not be like your favourite easy reading.

Then again, the subject is important, not only for the millions with ME/CFS, but for anyone who may for some reason come to fall under the aegis of psychiatry, that will probably happen to many once the DSM-5 is in force, for that gives psychiatrists the formal grounds to meddle with every illness, every behaviour, every belief, in the terms that serve their interests and incomes best.

This is why I wrote it, next to my anger about being slandered, defamed, offended and physically made to suffer because I have now for 34 years received no help whatsoever while having a disease that is neurological and not psychiatric according to the World Health Organization, all because a handful of psychiatric frauds and sadists got the ears of government politicians out to save on money spend on ill people, "to help us all to overcome the crisis".

But here it is: If you click Next you'll be able to enjoy over 500 Kb of polemics, that on my part are written better than on the part of those I discuss - or so it seems to me, and I calls'um as I sees'um, to speak with dr. Frances.

I have taken rather a lot more trouble on the next file than I have on most Nederlogs, and I have corrected it, but there probably remain a few things to correct, that must wait till I have more energy and feel less exhausted.

Meanwhile, it should be quite readable, at least if you are interested in the subject and can think, and have the time, energy, opportunity and will to do so.

Finally - update of April 29, 2012:

The introduction to the six questions: DSM-5: The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis - 0 that got overwritten, now has been restored, and should be helpful about my motives and background to write about these questions, and about these questions themselves.

There also will be a P.S. to SM-5: Question 1 of "The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis" dated today with a few additions and remarks.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- April 29, 2012: Added some corrections and links.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus Is Psychology a Science?
8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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