May 27, 2013
me+ME: The weather (?!), the DSM-5, and more Miller
1. It's the end of May and the weather is fine?!
2. The very low and deserved reception of the DSM-5
3. Meanwhile, more Miller...
About ME/CFS


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.

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 continuously.

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 coming 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 DSM-5

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 used yet:
Also, there is a brief summary at the end and I give the original titles, which all link to the originals.

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:

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," author Robert 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."

B. Critics blast new manual on mental disorders

Next, here is David Templeton, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You get the first three paragraphs:

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.

Diagnostic and 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

C. Corporates cashing in on mental-health diagnosis

Here are the first two and the fifth paragraph from Adam McGibbon in the New Internationalist:

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.”’

D. Psychiatry's new manual: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It."

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:

MJ: So what do we do with DSM-5?

AF: You don't buy it. You don't use it. You don't teach it. There's nothing official about it.

MJ: But how can you roll it back to the DSM-IV?

AF: I don't think DSM-IV is perfect. I'm actually not the slightest bit proud of it.
E.  DSM-5: A Call to Opposition for Social Workers

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 …

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.

To conclude: I am not at all suggesting this is enough, but it is something, and it also these are all different valid arguments.

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.

3. 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.

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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