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DSM-5 Task Force Responds to the ACA

DSM-5 Task Force responds to the American Counseling Association’s letter.

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American Counseling Association Calls for External Review

From ACA In The News ACA President Don W. Locke has sent a letter to the American Psychiatric Association on behalf of professional counselors expressing current concerns about the DSM-5 revision process. The letter focuses on the need for better empirical evidence, the lack of information about proposed dimensional and cross cutting assessments, problems with the ongoing field trials, concerns …

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Newsworks Covers the Petition!

The so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is getting a make-over. The latest version, DSM 5, will come out in 2013. In the meantime, conflicts over which diagnoses should be added, removed or changed are heating up. To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE

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Forbes Covers Petition!

The new manual of mental disorders coins bizarre new psychological disorders, lowers the threshold for diagnosing old ones, and has some critics pulling their hair out. To read more, CLICK HERE  

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Medscape Addresses APA’s Response

November 9, 2011 — After initially refusing to respond to an online petition issued by several divisions within the American Psychological Association expressing “serious reservations” about the lowering of diagnostic criteria in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has answered its critics To read more CLICK HERE 

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USA Today Covers the Petition!

The next edition of the American Psychiatric Association‘s diagnostic bible will lead to millions of healthy people being labeled with a mental disorder and treated with potentially dangerous drugs, some psychologists say. They’ve drawn up an online petition urging the group to reconsider adding a number of diagnoses to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), to …

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Medscape covers the Petition

November 4, 2011 — Divisions of the American Psychological Association have created an online petition addressing “serious reservations” about the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5). Launched October 22, the petition has already garnered more than 3000 signatures from mental health professionals, students, and organizations. To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE  

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Nature News Covers the Petition!

Psychologist David Elkins had modest ambitions for his petition. He and his colleagues were worried that proposed changes to an influential handbook of mental disorders could classify normal behaviours as psychological conditions, potentially leading to inappropriate treatments. So they laid out their concerns in an open letter, co-sponsored by five divisions of the American Psychological Association in Washington DC. “I …

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