April 9, 2013

DSM-5: A few details
If mankind did not get what is right, this is not only because they did not wish what is right, but also because they often were deceived and misled by their leaders in politics, religion or philosophy to wish and to do what is not right: The bad misleading and abusing the dumb sums up large parts of human history quite well.
-- MM


1. Why I write less about the DSM-5
What about the DSM-5 in case you may get hurt by it?
3. What else can and will I do about the DSM-5?
4. Useful addresses for people who want to know
     more about DSM-5

About ME/CFS


Actually, this is the first normal Nederlog since 2 days, since I did not upload one on April 7, because it got lost, while yesterday I had to explain that and was also faced by non-working internet.

Today both problems have been solved, and I will consder the DSM-5, which I did not do for quite a while.

1. Why I write less about the DSM-5

The last Nederlog that mentions the DSM-5 is almost three weeks old.
As it happens, I wrote over 120 Nederlogs since 2010, and in fact wrote 48 last year, so it's not really my negligence.

In fact, there are three reasons, mostly:

  1. I have received no replies.
  2. I dislike prof. dr. Allen Francis' position.
  3. The DSM-5 has been accepted.
As to 1: I receive extra-ordinarily few replies on anything I write. I do not know the explanation, although it clearly is either due to the fact that virtually no one writes me, although I am fairly widely read, or due to the fact that virtually all I do receive gets removed. I have no idea, but clearly writing over 120 papers about the DSM-5 and receiving no reply to any of them since 2010 is not a good reason to continue them.

As to 2: Allen Frances and I agree and disagree. We agree that DSM-5 is a bad idea, but we disagree on the reasons why, and on most other ends. I think my arguments are much better than his, while his position is difficult to defend because he was the chief editor [1] of the DSM-IV. Then again, he is a somewhat  famous psychiatrist, who worked for ca. 35 years as a psychiatrist, whereas I am a philosopher/psychologist, who has been ill for about the same number of years.

As to 3: My main reason is that the DSM-5 has gotten accepted. This was likely anyway, but given the objections of Allen Frances and of many others, it might have not been. It's even worse than I originally thought, but then - speaking just for myself - I will very probably not be hit by it, since I am nearly pensionable. [2]

In fact, the above is only a brief review of much more that I could have written.

2. What about the DSM-5 in case you may get hurt by it?

Here the main chances for getting hurt are the US, England, Holland, and Denmark, I think, since in other countries other books are used, or other versions of the same book. [3]

My main advice is to try to refuse or else to go in with a statement. The statement would be on the line that one does not believe in psychiatry, at least not for one's own problems.

Then again, I doubt more than 5 to 10 % will take that option. Most will try to  brazen it out, and will not be heard of anymore if they will be taken into a psychiatric hospital.

Then again, this may remain a fairly small percentage of those with M.E., simply because there is little money, and there are other means to destroy you, such as  are involved in the current plans of Cameron's government.

3. What else can and will I do about the DSM-5?

In fact I do not know. The British psychologists have written about it, and are protesting about it, but without using the word "boycott". There may have been  something organized elsewhere, but if there is, I do not know of it.

In any case, the frightful thing is that one can't say what is going to happen, except that at least 95% of the populations living in Western Europe, the US or Canada is going to be poorer, and that this also may apply to psychiatry.

The psychiatrists' "hour", that in fact took over 30 years, has mostly passed, since not even the pharmaceutical companies are making "new" pills for psychiatric purposes, and in fact the "new" pills that have been used were mostly somewhat changed versions of older pills, that have been "invented" and/or "discovered" by slightly changing old pills, which happened not because of new ideas, but mainly because the old pills' time of being expensive had passed.

Therefore, together with the fact that there will be a lot less money available to maintain psychiatric hospitals, it may turn out that DSM-5 will not be very effective, also because anyway the incomes of some 95% of the populations
living in Western Europe, the US or Canada is going to be poorer.

But this again I do not know.

So... what I will do is write some more on the DSM-5, but very probably considerably less than I did. In case you want to know more, consider the following last section:

4. Useful addresses for people who want to know about DSM-5

Here are a number of addresses I found useful:
The last is by me. The others are, in the order given, by dr. John M. Nardo; Suzy Chapman; dr. David Healy; and dr. Patrick Landman.


[1] I think that his official title was something like "chair of the committee"
etc. which - I think - is so bad I generally avoid it. In any case, it doesn't really matter.

[2] And there is also the fact that I have a written statement by the Amsterdam dole that I need not do any work nor need do anything else, until a week before my being pensioned (now probably 5 weeks).

[3] Actually, this applies also to Great Britain and Holland - except that in practice it probably will not help you.

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate
search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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