Cultural Symptoms: DSM-V, Trying to Crack the Diagnostic Code

As the diagnostic process defining mental disorders evolves so does the complexity embedded in competing theories of the mind and what it means to be human. How the mind works and what soul entails remain in large part a mystery … Continue reading

Diagnostic Voices of Community: Who is the DSM-V Diagnostician?

I comment on the field of mental health and the psychiatric diagnostic model from a systems management/analysis perspective. Katy comes at it from an in the trenches approach as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and investigator (PI) and … Continue reading

Diagnostic Voices of Community: Reactions to the DSM-V Draft

Reactions are coming in on the release of a draft of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-V), which is due to be published in 2013. We posted one of the changes in the manual that … Continue reading

Cultural Symptoms: Diagnostic Concerns, DSM V Publication Postponed

With a background in organizational systems and management, focusing on mental heath systems in particular and how they affect our understanding of ourselves (identity), others, and the world around us, I track the progress and complications associated with the Diagnostic … Continue reading

Diagnostic Voices of Community: DSM IV and the Nature/Nurture Debate

The Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) has posted an upcoming conference titled “Cultural and Biological Contexts of Psychiatric Disorder Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Our Other Bible: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Digs Deeper Into Our Lives

It has been since 1994 that the last major revision/edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) was published, further shaping our sense of identity in terms of “mental health.” For the past almost six decades … Continue reading

Cultural Symptoms: Autism’s Rise?

Diagnostic redistributon, the way Autism is currently being diagnosed, viewed and marketed as answer to many behavioral challenges has to be considered when we are talking about the rising numbers of this disorder. It does not make sense that we … Continue reading

Cultural Symptoms: ‘a mad world?’

aeon Magazine has an article titled “A mad world: A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?” Though many object to psychiatry’s perceived encroachment into normality, we rarely … Continue reading

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Book of Lamentations’

The New Inquiry has an article by Sam Kriss titled “Book of Lamentations” about the DSM-V: The narrative voice of the book affects a tone of clinical detachment, one in which drinking coffee and paranoid-type schizophrenia can be discussed with … Continue reading