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The War on Psychiatric Diagnosis

One of the first psychotic patients I treated during my residency was a middle-aged man who was burrowing through the wall of his room. Yes, I mean “burrowing,” as in using his bleeding hands, fists and finger nails to tear through the flimsy plaster and...
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Medicalizing the Human Experience in the DSM

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has historically been criticized as an unreliable diagnostic tool. At this point, we have no scientific way of testing for mental disorders. Diagnosis is strictly based on a cluster of observed and self-reported symptoms. Critics...
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Helping Your Clients Navigate Grief Work

The DSM-5 lists Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder as one of its conditions for further study. Previously called complex or complicated grief, this condition affects seven percent of people going through bereavement. The ability to help clients navigate this rough passage is a useful one for therapists, especially...
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DSM-5 Changes: Sleep-Wake Disorders

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) has a number of changes to sleep disorders, now called sleep-wake disorders. This article outlines some of the major changes to these conditions. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the publisher...
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