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The Political Diagnosis: Psychiatry in the Service of the Law

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
Perhaps one of the positive things to come out of the Kansas v Hendricks wave of sexually violent predator (SVP) commitment laws during the past decade is that our knowledge base on sex offenders has grown tremendously.

DSM5 and the Medicalization of Grief: Two Perspectives

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
The recently posted draft of DSM5 makes a seemingly small suggestion that would profoundly affect how grief is handled by psychiatry.
While the Army considers what, if any, disciplinary actions to take against those who directed the medical training of MAJ Nidal Hasan—the accused Fort Hood shooter—one psychiatrist’s legal counsel faults the military for blaming a handful of officers for a broader institutional failing.

Extraordinarily Ordinary

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
My “most important achievement to date” is that I’m capable of even the simplest forms of basic cognition. I can remember, perceive, speak, feel, think, solve, and—sometimes—pay attention.

Sex, DSM-5— and the Apocalypse: A Commentary

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
I just finished reading Dr Zucker’s retort to Dr Frances’ critique of proposed categories for paraphilias in DSM5, as well as Dr Frances’ reply.