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Why DSM-V Doesn’t Worry Me

A friend sent me a link to an article about the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  The article speaks of flaws in the process, and warning of dire “unintended consequences.” A Warning Sign on the Road to DSM-V: Beware of Its Unintended Consequences Allen Frances, MD June 26,…

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has been controversial, as noted in the Washington Post.  Admittedly, most of the controversy has been contrived.  Fortunately, the process is moving forward; there is no meaningful opposition at this point. A good summary of the objections of this was posted by Hilzoy at Political Animal.  I’ll deal with the objections…

Peak Psychology

Psychology is turning out to be a rather important field these days.  Nate Hagens has a post on The Oil Drum, The Psychological and Evolutionary Roots of Resource Overconsumption Revisited.  He reviews the evolutionary psychology of poor economic decision-making.  Calculated Risk has a post, Scientific American: Bubbles and Busts. It’s based on an article in…

Update on Nav1.7

PhysioProf commented about this back in 2006 after Alex Palazzo ‘s post, A silent mutation affects pain perception? That post discussed mutations that affect pain perception.  Now, there is a bit more information available about potential commercial developments stemming from this line of genetic research.   Firewalker’s Faulty Gene May Shake Up Market for Painkillers…

This is one of those “interesting, wonder if it’ll ever pan out” studies.  So far it has been presented at a meeting, but not published.   The study was summarized in an article on Medpage Today (free registration): APSS: Depression and Insomnia May Be Genetically Linked

More Ado About Area 25

Some may recall Brodmann Area 25 (a part of the brain also known as the subgenual area or area subgenualis).  It was mentioned by Orli Van Mourik (Much Ado About Area 25) in 2006, and by me in 2008 (Update on Deep Brain Stimulation).  David Dobbs profiled one of the key researchers, Helen Mayberg, (Neurologist…

This obviously is the second part of the part I put up a couple of days ago: Reset Button for DSM Diagnosis? (Part 1).  It may not make much sense unless you read the first part. In order to understand the idea behind the use of the FFM, instead of the current diagnostic criteria, it…

The American Psychiatric Association is considering whether to reboot their diagnosis machine.  In 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) was published.  In 1980, the third edition was published.  The third edition was important, because for the first time, it required the use of specific criteria for establishing a diagnosis.  (See this New Yorker article…

From time to time, we hear of faux psychotherapy interventions that are intended to convert persons from homosexuality to heterosexuality.  Mostly, the publicity has centered on pseudomoralistic interventions that clearly have a religious agenda as opposed to a health-enhancing agenda.  As such these interventions cannot be classified as therapy. However, a recent survey has shown…

Effect of Modafinil on Dopamine

Today’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association contains a study that employed PET scans to determine the effect of modafinil upon dopamine concentration and reuptake in the human central nervous system.  They conclude with a caution that clinicians should be mindful of the potential for abuse and dependence in persons taking modafinil.…