Wednesday, May 8, 2013

AHRP- Two NIMH Directors Debunk DSM & Deplore Psychiatry's Unscientific Modus Operandi

Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research


After more than a dozen years during which we have been challenging psychiatry's legitimacy as a medical specialty, citing the absence of a scientific foundation to support5 its diagnostic classifications or its chemical treatments, our criticism has been validated. 

Psychiatry’s house of cards has been dealt a mortal blow by the current and former Directors of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): 

Dr. Thomas Insel and Dr. Steven Hyman, director of Stanley Center Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute. 

On April 29, 2013, in a sharply worded statement, Dr. Thomas Insel dismissed the validity of psychiatry ’s diagnostic and practice manual (DSM, a.k.a. “the Bible”):   “at best, [the DSM is] a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each.

The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever.

Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis, once common in other areas of medicine, has been largely replaced in the past half century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment.”

Read why this battle for dominance and control is unlikely to improve patient care anytime

Vera Sharav

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