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DSM-5 made a mistake when it joined together into one big, heterogeneous category ('Substance Use Disorder') what in DSM IV had been two quite different diagnoses ('Substance Abuse' and 'Substance Dependence').
Three weeks ago, when I was briefly worried that Donald Trump could in fact be elected president, I began drafting a faux 'apology' to the clown prince of politics.
Fortunately, the DSM is written so clearly, and so simply, that anyone can make a diagnosis. Here are the symptoms. Make
A personality disorder is a pattern of deviant or abnormal behavior that the person doesn't change, even though it causes
A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap -- one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences.
The standard diagnostic term for those with a criminal orientation is antisocial personality disorder. It makes no difference
It is now almost three years since DSM-5 was published; time enough to judge whether it is living up to the promise that it would be a self correcting, "living document." To its credit, APA did establish a mechanism to identify DSM-5 errors and to correct them.
I could have "issues" with my gender identity, but it was not a disorder. This worked for me but I understood it did not necessarily work for everyone else.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and got turned on by the sight of yourself naked? Come on. You can be honest. We're only as sick as our secrets. But the fact is if your answer is yes then you need help. You're a real sickie.
Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.