June 30, 2012
|me+ME: Some DSM-5 updates|
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
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):
I also noticed that Ms Chapman mentioned me on her site:
I’d 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.)
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
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:
and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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