There has been a fair amount of criticism to the development of the DSM-5, which is due out in 2013. But few comments have been more pointed than the recent letter sent by the British Psychological Society to the American Psychiatric Association.
The DSM is used to diagnose mental illness not only in the U.S., but in Britain as well. But psychologists in the UK are concerned that the new manual will stigmatize eccentric people, and that it will lead to the “medicalization” of clients’ “natural and normal” responses to life’s experiences.
“We have particular concerns over the draft’s consideration of the inclusion of a range of highly contentious ‘disorders’,” said lead author of the letter, Peter Kinderman of the University of Liverpool.
“These include Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome, which could be seen as an opportunity to stigmatise eccentric people, and to lower the threshold for achieving a diagnosis of psychosis, Gender Dysphoria (especially in children and adolescents) and a range of conduct disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder – diagnosed when a child is ‘headstrong’ or ‘wilful’.”
British psychologists are worried about the expanded use of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, “and of the increasing use of medication for children, and would be very concerned to see these increase further.”
See the link, above, for the complete response to the latest draft of the DSM-5.
Bundle, a website devoted to investigating where and how people spend their money, looked at the most expensive health care cities in the country recently. Editors sifted through data from the Kaiser Health Foundation, Medicare, the Datmouth Atlas of Health Care, and non-insurance health care spending.
They found that Miami was the priciest town, largely based on high annual Medicare costs of its retirees ($17,274 per enrollee.)
The others were, in descending order: New York City; Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; Boston; Los Angeles; Corpus Christi, TX; St. Petersburg, FL; Chicago; and Plano, TX.
For details on these cities and other rankings, click here.
- John Nelander, Contributing Editor