When critics of psychiatric diagnosis insist that terms like “schizophrenia” or “bipolar disorder” are inherently stigmatizing, they are unwittingly perpetuating the very prejudice they wish to end. It is time to shine a bright light on this self-fulfilling prophecy.
Ronald W. Pies, MD
There are several reasons for taking the ketamine findings with a substantial grain of salt.
Panic attacks are nearly always pathological and disordered states, even when they occur in an understandable context.
The DSM-5 will eliminate the bereavement exclusion in the diagnosis of major depressive disorder for 2 main reasons.
If we, as a people, continue to sacrifice genuine security for a false sense of freedom, we shall find ourselves in a nation neither secure nor free.
Dr Thomas Szasz dies at 92.
The side effect of persons with psychiatric illness like bipolar disorder going off medication can be destructive. This patient had been in trouble with the local police, who saw her as a troublemaker and a menace.
Prejudice is a net that ensnares not only those who suffer from severe psychiatric illness, but also many of us who care for individuals with bipolar and other disorders.
If claims in the non-professional media can be believed, there is a “raging epidemic of mental illness” in the US, if not world-wide—and, in one version of this narrative, psychiatric treatment itself is identified as the culprit.
Much of the controversy on the relationship between grief and depression following recent bereavement has focused on whether the so-called “bereavement exclusion” in DSM-IV should be eliminated, as some have proposed, in the DSM-5.