No words: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Will anyone be angry, irritable, annoyed or defiant enough to oppose this proposed revision to the DSM (The American Psychiatric Association‘s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? Q 00 Oppositional Defiant Disorder Proposed  Revision A. A persistent pattern of angry and irritable mood along with defiant and vindictive behavior as evidenced by four (or more) of […]

Fifth editions: DSM vs. D&D

This month’s Psychology Thought Experiment: At this moment, two groups are at work, each developing the 5th edition of a tool that thousands—perhaps millions—of people rely upon. The thought experiment is:  Compare the thought processes of the two groups. One group is creating the 5th edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). […]

Alert: psych hair-pulling, spitting ahead

Psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists galore are in for a long period of hair-pulling, spitting, accusations, recriminations, name-calling and good old-fashioned spitefests. The proposed draft version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) just went online for comments. The DSM gets used in many ways. What’s included in the new version — and […]