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You can't diagnose a mental disorder the way you fix a toaster - but the DSM keeps trying

05/06/2011

Cover_of_Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders It’s been a busy for the manual of mental disorders.

A new organizational framework was announced for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Published by the American Psychiatric Association, it’s the book doctors look at to decide if you’re crazy and what medicine to prescribe for it.  It may or may not be accurate – but it’s a big deal. 

The newest version, now scheduled for May 2013, is proposing to restructure previous categories and chapters to reflect scientific advancements and hypothesized. 

Sounds good, but there’s one big problem:  the DSM has always been flawed, and the proposed DSM-5 looks to be no better.

The flaw is that it tries very hard to figure out symptoms, but no time at all trying to understand people. 

There’s no empirical validation to this approach … and it’s packed with conflicts of interest to the drug companies who benefit each time a new symptom is deemed “treatable” by drugs.    

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It matters what the voices in your head are saying

05/05/2011

Schizophrenia_PET_scan Have you ever been known or been with someone who was diagnosed as schizophrenic? Have they ever shared their experiences with you?

Have you ever wondered what that’s like?

Hearing voices or “auditory hallucinations” is the one aspect that

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Saybrook PHS Alumni Dinners, TX, CO, and HI

05/04/2011
The Saybrook Alumni Association Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies Alumni Dinners Texas Dallas - May 7 - Breakfast Austin - May 7 - Dinner Colorado - In Planning Denver - June 18 Dinner Colorado Springs - June 19 Lunch Hawaii - July - Dates To Be Announced Honolulu Mauii Big Island RSVP SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu or call 415-394-5968

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Alumnus Robert E. McCarthy, PhD '03 Recently Appointed to the National Executive Advisory Board of the American Psychotherapy Association.

05/04/2011
Alumnus Robert E. McCarthy, PhD '03 was recently appointed to the National Executive Advisory Board of the American Psychotherapy Association.

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Alumna Jean Millay, PhD '78 was Invited to Discuss Her New Book at the Foundation for Mind/Being Research

05/04/2011
Saybrook graduate Jean Millay, PhD ('78) was invited to discuss her book -RADIANT MINDS: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness - at the April 22nd meeting of the Foundation for Mind/Being Research. www.fmbr.org The book is an Anthology of the Parapsychology Research Group, with 55 authors participating. Jean's main topic involved the suggestion that there may be a 5th...

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Alumnus Ken Bausch, PhD '98, of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, Shares Four Announcements

05/04/2011
Alumnus Ken Bausch, PhD 1998, of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras Shares Four Announcements · Ken Bausch, PhD announces the Third International Facilitators Training School on the Structured Dialogic Design Process will be held July 25-27 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Click here to see the announcement: www.sddp-international.org · Ken taught a second annual online course...

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Saybrook Almnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Publishes Article in the Tikkun Network Journal

05/04/2011
Saybrook Almnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Publishes The Great Awe-Wakening in the Tikkun Network Journal Click here to view: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/the-great-awe-wakening

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Can America come to terms with the post-911 reality it created?

05/04/2011

Flag_-_3rd_Infantry Emotions have run high since United States president Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

“The head of the snake is gone,” said Rudi Dekkers, the owner of the flight school that trained the two terrorist pilots responsible for killing thousands in the World Trade Center towers.

Bin Laden’s death marks a turning point of nearly a decade of grief, anger, and insecurity for all effected by the tragedies of 9-11. The tragic events of that day will forever be present as a reminder and a threat of the destructive capacities of terrorism.

But always remembering must not mean we stay locked in the past:  Amidst great pain and fear, issues of remorse, forgiveness, and rehumanization are beginning to surface in light of the gross human rights violations that followed September 11, 2001.

In the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, author Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela draws on experiences from the South African apartheid to remind us what remorse, forgiveness and rehumanization look like in the aftermath of gross human rights violations.

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Saybrook at the APA Convention, Aug 4 - 7, 2011, Washington DC: Symposiums, Poster Sessions, Presentations, Honors

05/03/2011
Saybrook at the APA Convention, Aug 4 - 7, 2011, Washington DC: Symposiums, Poster Sessions, Presentations, Honors This announcememt will be in a lead positon on the Alumni Messenger through August 7th, and will be an ongoing record of all Saybrook Community presentations at the DC APA Convention. Please provide: division information; presentation title; and dates, times, and locations...

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Alumnus Glenn Perry, PhD '92 Releases New Edition of the Astropsychology Newsletter

05/03/2011
Alumnus Glenn Perry, PhD '92 Releases a New Edition of the Astropsychology Newsletter http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs089/1101088043497/archive/1105193700362.html

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