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  June 30, 2012                  
me+ME: Some DSM-5 updates


    "I know," wrote Zamyatin, "that I have the very uncomfortable habit of saying not what is advantageous at a given moment but whatever I believe to be the truth. "

 -- from: Introduction to Zamyatin's We

I am still having problems with my eyes, so I'll keep this update on DSM-5 things brief. As usual, my source is Suzy Chapman's excellent site about the DSM-5 and indeed also various ICDs:
There you'll find various updates relating to the DSM-5
The last item is about the comments and responses to the DSM-5 that the APA graciously allowed to be sent to itself until June 15. As it happens, I did not  respond, because I was in bed with painful eyes, and I do not know whether I am sorry. For one thing, if I had responded it might have been with a fundamental criticism of postmodern psychiatry and the DSMs, that I would not be amazed to find they claim to owe if I had sent it to them.

However this may be, I do not expect the APA to see reason:

Maybe they cannot, and certainly for the last 5 years, indeed ever since dr. Allen Frances, the chief editor of the DSM-IV, as did dr. Bob Spitzer,
the chief editor of the DSM-III, protested against the DSM-5's mode of development, as in dr. Frances' fine
the APA has been most unreasonable, and now has resorted to 'communicating' by way of PR-firms, for which see On PR, groupthinking and Goffman: If one relies on PR, one relies on lies.

And I think the APA and the DSM-5 do not want to see reason and do not want to be really rational, really scientific, or really moral, because not doing or being so is much in the financial interests of the brotherhood of psychiatrists: The DSM-5 will give them much more power over patients, on the basis of what is fundamentally pseudoscience designed to be an instrument to control 'disorders' and people. (The last link is to my review of the article on Dr Thomas Szasz in Wikipedia, who saw this very clearly quite long ago, and ever wrote and argued against it.)

But to this theme of fraudulence by deception and pseudoscience I hope to turn later, with better eyes and better health. Meanwhile, I have noticed dr. Frances also has noted the parallels between Newspeak and the prose of the APA in defense of the DSM-5 (that I call Psychospeak):
  • Top 10 Indicators Of DSM-5 Openness
    (Quoted from 'DSM5 in Distress': ''In '1984', George Orwell introduced the term 'Newspeak'- the abuse of language by totalitarian bureaucracies to create an upside down, looking glass world of misinformation. He was probably inspired by 'Pravda,' the Soviet Union's propaganda paper that literally means 'truth' in Russian but was famous for publishing everything but.''
  • My Debate With The DSM 5 Chair
    (Quoted from 'DSM5 in Distress': ''Recently, I voiced my concerns about DSM 5 in a Medscape interview with Dr Stephen Strakowski. DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer then entered the debate and provided his defense.Here is my reply to Dr Kupfer:")
Indeed, the parallel between Newspeak and Psychospeak is frightening and fargoing, as I illustrated, but I do not think dr. Frances had, needed or used my inspiration, as indeed the parallel is quite obvious, since one of the main techniques of both the APA and the DSM-5 are  doublespeak: They systematically and intentionally call and describe things  as they are not, by manipulative terminology, chosen for its public relation value, that is, what it seems to suggest to ordinary people, rather than for its - non-existing - scientific sense. (For the DSM-5, I hold, is conscious carefully crafted pseudoscience that is designed to confuse, deceive, and obfuscate, and is meant to reduce all medical and moral issues to power and authority: It is so because the DSM-5 and the APA say so, and if you dare to doubt is, the very DSM-5 contains the diagnoses to lock you up or at least calumniate you in the name of pseudoscience disguised as medical science.)

I also noticed that Ms Chapman mentioned me on her site:

Id also like to thank Maarten Maartensz for his commentaries on DSM-5 proposals over the past two years.

Well... I am pleased she is pleased, as I have a high opinion of her sites, intelligence, work and motives, but as in the case of dr. Frances and Orwell, Ms Chapman does not need my help to think and write very sensibly and clearly about the DSM-5 and many more things, but I am pleased she likes my site, on which indeed I also have, just like she did on her sites, spend a lot of work and energy over the years (and my sites - two, mirroring each other - exist since 1996, and have been built gradually).

And I am much pleased by her sites - Dx Revision Watch and ME Agenda - because these contain a lot of carefully collected and presented information that is quite important for rationally understanding the goings on with and around ME and with and around the DSM-5, that also took a great lot of work and intelligence to find, select and present, that very few could do or have done so well. (*)

(*) I, for one, certainly could not have, and very probably no one with M.E., seeing the vast amounts of work and knowledge that are necessary to produce the sites of Ms Chapman.

And in case you missed it, the link
Orwell, is to an excellent Orwell site in Russia, with many of his writings, which in Russia are not copyrighted. So you can read Animal Farm, 1984 and Politics and the English Language, for example. (In case you did not know: One of Orwell's inspirations is the quite amazing Zamyatin. See my  On Zamyatin's "WE" - and the above Introduction to Zamyatin's We is a link to his amazing novel.)

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


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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