Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part III: Harm and Ethical Validity

May 08, 2019

At a minimum, a mental disorder is considered an undesirable and unwanted condition either for the individual or the society. However, that is clearly very relativistic and does little to protect against social misuse of disorder designation.

Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part II: The Dysfunction Defense

May 08, 2019

A dysfunction-based defense against misuse of disorder designation has serious conceptual deficiencies, is vulnerable to social biases, and offers very little protection in practice.

Social Misuse of Disorder Designation, Part I: Conceptual Defenses

May 08, 2019

Part 1 of a three-part series on a pertinent philosophical question in the era of diagnostic inflation: What conceptual means are available to prevent deviant and undesirable behavioral conditions from being diagnosed as mental disorders as a result of social bias and stigma?

Public Comment Period Opens for First Set of New Proposals to Update DSM-5

December 11, 2017

Advances in digital publishing that allow instantaneous dissemination of changes at minimal cost have paved the way towards the adoption of a continuous improvement model for DSM, in which revisions are pegged to specific scientific advances.

Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures: Clinical Issues for Psychiatrists

March 31, 2017

The authors shed light on a disorder that is difficult to diagnose and manage, and offer insights on how to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

6 Challenges in Assessing ADHD in Adult Patients

March 24, 2017

The clinical presentation and functional impacts of ADHD in adults vary greatly from their child and adolescent counterparts.

A More Nuanced View of Hypomania

February 07, 2017

Is dysphoric hypomania a phase of mania itself? Or does it represent a descent into a mixed state?

DSM-5 and Paraphilias: What Psychiatrists Need to Know

November 28, 2016

Psychiatrists can serve a pivotal role in reducing sexual offender recidivism by treating individuals with paraphilic disorders. Details here.

Psychotic Disorders in DSM-5: Clinical Implications of Revisions From DSM-IV

October 31, 2016

The authors discuss the clinical implications of the changes in the DSM-5 section on schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.

Mini Quiz: OCD? Phobia? Or Something Else?

August 22, 2016

The inability or difficulty to experience vaginal penetration is most similar to which DSM-5 disorder? Find out in this quiz.