1. It's the end of May
and the weather is fine?!
2. The very low and
deserved reception of the DSM-5
I believe I am still somewhat paying back my walk of over 4 weeks ago,
but it may be and very probably is improving some.
1. It's the end of May and the weather is fine?!
I do not normally mention the weather. But today was about the third or
fourth day with fine weather in Holland, this whole year.
Up to now it hasn't been very cold, even though April escaped by 1/10th
of a degree of being the coldest April since measurements started, but
it has been grey, drab, in short: miserable weather nearly
Anyway... since I am also feeling a little bit better, I am
cleaning my house
some. And it may be the case some Nederlogs will not be written the
month, although I do not know yet.
It will depend on how I feel, which is still so-so: It has been better,
it has definitely been a lot worse, and I still mostly blame the walk I
took 4 1/2
weeks ago, that really was too long.
2. The very low, deserved reception of the
Here are some
more press reports - and no: there are more negatives, but I just list
these five, also as they are all from sources that I have not listed or
Also, there is a brief summary at the end and I give the
original titles, which all link to the originals.
A. Brain Distrust: Shrinks and
Scientologists Find Weird Common Ground Over the DSM-5
This is mostly on the link between Szasz and scientology, that I also deeply deplore. Here are the
first two and last two paragraphs from Joe Eskenazi, writing in SFWeekly:
B. Critics blast new manual on mental
The Achilles heel of the
Occupy movement was that extreme and — some would say — unbalanced
individuals hijacked the spotlight and the message.
So, perhaps it's fitting that this past weekend's protest, titled
"Occupy the American
Psychiatric Association," was forced to reschedule so that extreme
and — some would say — unbalanced individuals wouldn't hijack the
spotlight and the message
So, if you were seeking a
method to discredit people like Schneider and Gottstein — complex men
who use words like "holistic," "Procrustean," and "reductionism" —
there's no easier way than by tying them to Scientology. "The presence
of Scientology in the storytelling mix served to taint all criticism of
the medical model and psychiatric drugs, no matter what its source,"
Whitaker lamented in Anatomy of an Epidemic.
Having a straw man is
handy for the psychiatrists and drug companies who stand to financially
benefit from the DSM-5's proscriptions. Says Gottstein with a
sigh, "If the CCHR didn't exist, the psychopharmoceutical complex would
have to invent them."
Next, here is David
Templeton, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You get
the first three paragraphs:
C. Corporates cashing in on mental-health
An updated manual of
guidelines for the diagnosis of mental disorders goes on sale Wednesday
after stoking long-standing controversy over its new characterization
of some disorders, including combining autism disorder and Asperger's
syndrome as different levels of the same problem.
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5, which the American
Psychiatric Association made public Saturday at its annual meeting in
San Francisco, contains guidelines that mental health professionals use
to diagnose and treat mental disorders.
But DSM-5 has kicked up
controversy ever since the APA announced plans to group autism,
Asperger's, childhood disintegrative disease and pervasive
developmental disorder as different levels of the same disorder
Here are the first two and the fifth paragraph from Adam McGibbon
in the New Internationalist:
new manual: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It."
Are you a disruptive
person? Are you occasionally reluctant to part with possessions? Is
your child defiant, or prone to temper tantrums? Are you grieving from
the death of a close friend? Well, don’t worry; you can get drugs for
all of this soon.
On Friday 17 May, the
American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of its
highly influential Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the first major
update in 13 years. Although a US manual, DSM has global influence.
A recent study showed that ‘some of the most
conflicted panels are those for which drugs represent the first line of
treatment, with two-thirds of the mood disorders panel, 83 per cent of
the psychotic disorders panel and 100 per cent of the sleep disorders
panel disclosing “ties to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture
the medications used to treat these disorders or to companies that
service the pharmaceutical industry.”’
Here is Michael Mechanic,
writing in Mother Jones, with a good and fairly long interview
with dr. Allen Frances, from which I quote just a brief bit:
DSM-5: A Call to Opposition for Social
what do we do with DSM-5?
don't buy it. You don't use it. You don't teach it. There's nothing
official about it.
how can you roll it back to the DSM-IV?
don't think DSM-IV is perfect. I'm actually not the slightest bit proud
Finally, here is Georgiana
Dolan-Reilly, LMSW, writing in Social Justice Solutions:
So, what can you
do to voice your opposition? Dr. Carney and Dr.
Cacciatore suggest several things. From Dr. Carney:
“1. Read the Open
Letter (developed by the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32
of the American Psychological Association) and sign the petition …http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dsm5/
2. E-mail the Board of
Directors of NASW and ask them to endorse the petition …
3. Spread the word to
your social work brothers and sisters. There’s still time to put a stop
to the DSM. Don’t mourn, organize!!”
The Open Letter
discusses, in length, the rational and reasons why many oppose the
DSM-5, and has backing by many counsels, associations, societies,
and organizations. The letter calls for 50,000 signatures, and
currently has 14,835. Please consider providing your input if you
that concerns with, or oppose, the new DSM-5.
conclude: I am not at all suggesting this is enough, but it is
something, and it also these are all different valid
The first is about the
false tie to Scientology, that the APA abuses; the second is
about the amazing wild growth of ways to declare you insane; the third
is about the fact that psychiatrists are bought, as most leading US
politicians seem to be; the fourth is about what you should do: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't
Teach It." - from the chief editor of the DSM-IV; and the fifth is
about what US social workers can do to oppose the DSM-5.
Also, I want to add
the above was mostly Suzy Chapman's
work - or at least: She found them, and I read them.
Meanwhile, more Miller...
Finally, I just mention that I am still busy with the
many goodies on offer at the Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company: A Henry
Miller blog, which is indeed for the real fans,
but which also is - anyway - a really fine blog.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: