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Monday, June 27, 2011

DSM-V Slammed By The British Psychological Society

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The proposed DSM V has come under fire from The British Psychological Society after they expressed concerns about over medication of the general public.

The DSM V, due to be published in May 2013, is widely used by psychiatrists and healthcare specialists to diagnose patients whom they think have some sort of 'mental disorder'.

Three of the new proposals that have been slammed by The British Psychological Society are:

Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome

Gender Dysphoria

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

The authors of the DSM V [Psychiatrists] believe that the above are all signs of a mental disorder. Here's what the American Psychiatric Association [APA] have to say about Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome.

"Young people at risk for later manifestation of a psychotic disorder can be identified. It has been established in follow-back studies that early signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, for example, are present years before diagnosis is established."

Yup, that's right, it appears the APA are privy to that time-travelling DeLorean that Australian psychiatrists such as Patrick McGorry and Graham Burrows are privy to. The APA claims that Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome can be predicted even in infants!

The Dimensional Assessment for Gender Dysphoria in Children is quite revealing and leaves me wondering what kind of mind comes up with these questionnaires.

This from the APA website:

Dimensional Assessment for Gender Dysphoria in Children

Questions A1-A8 are the dimensional metrics for the corresponding categorical criteria.

Instructions: Please circle the letter next to the statement that applies to your child the best.

For Male Children (Parent-Report)

A1. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s desire to be a girl or insistence he is a girl?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A2. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s preference to wear girls’ or women’s clothing during dress-up play or activities (e.g., during dress-up play or at other times)?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A3. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s preference for female roles in fantasy or pretend play?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A4. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s preference for the toys, games, and activities typical of girls?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A5. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s preference for girl playmates?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A6a. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A6b. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s avoidance of rough-and-tumble play?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A7. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s dislike of his sexual anatomy (e.g., that he dislikes or hates his penis or testes)?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


A8. Over the past 6 months, how intense was your son’s desire for the sexual anatomy of a girl (e.g., sits to urinate, pretends to have breasts, would like to have a vagina)?

a. None
b. Mild
c. Moderate
d. Strong
e. Very Strong


The questionnaire then moves on to the criteria for female children.

Finally, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, they claim, is a persistent pattern of angry and irritable moods along with defiant and vindictive behavior as evidenced by;

Angry/Irritable Mood
1. Loses temper
2. Is touchy or easily annoyed by others.
3. Is angry and resentful

Defiant/Headstrong Behavior
4. Argues with adults
5. Actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ request or rules
6. Deliberately annoys people
7. Blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior

Vindictiveness
8. Has been spiteful or vindictive at least twice within the past six months

The British Psychological Society's response to the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-V Development can be downloaded here.



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