I have a huge problem with the DSM-5. Unfortunately I also have a problem with Benjamin Nugent’s book review, “Is Psychiatry Dishonest? And if so, is it a noble lie?” in the Slate Book Review. The problem is that both Nugent as well as Gary Greenberg in his book, The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, both accept the faulty premises of the DSM’s in general. They are looking for neuroscience credibility for diseases which aren’t diseases at all. They accept psychiatry’s deeply entrenched pseudoscience as if this actually pertains to human struggle and suffering. The very idea that diagnosis is some medical enterprise is an absurdity. Greenberg even assents to the some idea of mental illness vs. the walking well (As part of a discussion at a book reading). This is a bizarre insult to the suffering of our patients. There is certainly such a condition as schizophrenia, but this does not diminish different kinds of suffering in other people. In fact, the collusion with psychiatry’s contemporary pseudoscience is the problem. A fight between DSM IV and DSM-5 is like a disagreement between Mussolini and Franco. A plague on both their houses. I suggest that there is an entirely different paradigm that encompasses human suffering, symptomatology, schizophrenia, neuroscience, and the brain that is at enormous variance from this whole DSM-pharmaceutical psychiatric “diagnosis” approach. This is presented in my book, “Psychotherapy of Character, the Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain”.
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