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Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn Into Addiction?

Lauren Dockett

By Lauren Dockett - More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.

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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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Therapy Confronts the DSM-5

Therapists React to the Latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

Martha Teater

Since few people argue that mental health professionals can treat people or do research without some sort of diagnostic system, we’ll have to make friends with latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. But how are ordinary clinicians across the country adapting to its specifics? As someone who’s given dozens of workshops on DSM-5 and trained thousands of therapists in its use, I’ve had a front-row seat on how psychotherapists have reacted to the changes it means for their practice.

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Shedding Light on DSM-5

The View from the Trenches

Martha Teater

While the polemical debates over the new DSM have received widespread coverage, the reactions of ordinary clinicians have yet to receive much scrutiny.

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What If We Could Prevent Mental Illness?

Today’s Video: David Mays on the Future of Biological Psychiatry

Rich Simon

Phenylketonuria is a disease that results in mental retardation. It’s an inability of the infant’s body to get rid of an amino acid called phenylalanine. If you’re born with a certain gene, you can’t get rid of it and end up with mental retardation. But according to psychiatrist David Mays, author of the Major Mental Illness Pocket Guide, the way we treat phenylketonuria may be the way of the future in treating a range of psychological disorders.

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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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A New Approach to Diagnosis

Getting Beyond the Limits of Diagnostic Categories

Rich Simon

Darrel Regier, vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force and director of the APA’s research division, argues that DSM-5 is less about assessing fixed characteristics in clients than it is about guiding clinicians to think more dimensionally about diagnosis.

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The Hidden Toll of DSM-5 on Psychotherapy

How Increasing Medication Sales Hurt the Therapy Profession

Rich Simon

Allen Frances—author of "Saving Normal: Has Psychiatric Diagnosis Gotten Out of Control?"—is one of DSM-5’s most outspoken critics, but his ultimate target is an even larger issue.

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The Increasing Role of Biology in the DSMs of Tomorrow

How Genetics Shape Psychopathology

Rich Simon

Rather than continuing to lament the deficiencies of DSM-5, forensic psychiatrist David Mays wants to focus on what's ahead for the psychotherapy field. In his view, some of the most important advances in years to come will be finding objective, biological markers for many psychological disorders.

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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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