Thursday, December 18, 2008
How Many Psychiatrists Does It Take to Define a Disorder?
Link to December 17 New York Times article, "Psychiatrists Revising the Book of Human Troubles".
The process has become such a contentious social and scientific exercise that for the first time the book’s publisher, the American Psychiatric Association, has required its contributors to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The debate is particularly intense because the manual is both a medical guidebook and a cultural institution. It helps doctors make a diagnosis and provides insurance companies with diagnostic codes without which the insurers will not reimburse patients’ claims for treatment.
American Psychiatric Association links.
"DSM-V: the future manual".
"A Research Agenda for DSM-V".
PsychCentral. DSM-V: Transparency or Secrecy?
American Journal of Psychiatry editorial. Issues for DSM-V: Internet Addiction.
OK, Paul. Enough!