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The Cult of DSM

Ending Our Allegiance to the Great Gazoo

Gary Greenberg

By Gary Greenberg - Written just after the release of DSM-5, this masterfully sardonic look at the diagnostic charade many practitioners play argued that it was finally time to take the dissatisfaction with DSM seriously and find an alternative to an increasingly empty ritual.

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Examining DSM-5's Most Controversial Change

Today’s Video: Gary Greenberg on the Bereavement Exclusion

Rich Simon

“When DSM-III came out and the major depression diagnosis was created,” Gary tells us in this brief video clip, “it was immediately clear that many people who were recently bereaved were going to qualify for that diagnosis. So the question became, what should therapists do about that? And the answer, ultimately, was to create an exclusion—to say that if you’re within two months of bereavement, you don’t meet the criteria for major depressive disorder. You can’t be diagnosed. But this doesn’t make any sense at all.”

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Challenging the Cult of DSM

What Would Happen if We Stopped Playing the DSM Game?

Rich Simon

There’s something both startling and refreshingly direct about hearing Gary Greenberg’s no-holds-barred denunciation of the very idea of psychiatric diagnosis.

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The Biggest Changes in DSM-5 and What To Do About Them

What One of its Most Controversial Omissions Means to Your Practice

Rich Simon

It’s been a year now since the publication of DSM-5, and much of the media coverage up to this point has focused on the critics. But how are ordinary clinicians adapting to the specifics of the new DSM and what are their questions?

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Understanding the Dangers of Diagnostic Epidemics

The Most Powerful Psychiatrist in America on Why DSM-5 Is a Step Backward

Rich Simon

Allen Frances learned first-hand how, even when motivated by the best of intentions, changes in the “bible of psychiatry” can have large-scale negative consequences no one can foresee.

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The Best DSM Ever Written?

Jack Klott, an Advocate for DSM-5, Speaks Out

Rich Simon

In the intense debate its publication has sparked, DSM-5 has both its critics and its champions. One of the latter is Jack Klott, who says that the new edition is “the best DSM ever written.”

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Discover How DSM-5 Will Affect Your Practice

Martha Teater on One of the Major Changes in DSM-5

Rich Simon

Whether you’re a critic or a proponent of DSM-5, this edition will affect your practice.

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The Dangers of Pledging Blind Allegiance

Examining Our Faith in the DSM

Gary Greenberg

For everyone, from lunchbucket therapists like me to the nation’s psychiatrist-in-chief, making a DSM diagnosis is the ritual you have to perform to get the system to work.

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Moving Beyond DSM-5

David Mays on the Future of Psychotherapy

Rich Simon

However much we all might like to discuss and debate DSM-5, the field of psychotherapy continues to move forward.

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