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The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5

"In a humiliating blow to the American Psychiatric Association, Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director of the NIMH, made clear the agency would no longer fund research projects that rely exclusively on DSM criteria. Henceforth, the NIMH, which had thrown its weight and funding behind earlier editions of the manual, would be “re-orienting its research away from DSM categories.” “The weakness” of the manual, he explained in a sharply worded statement, “is its lack of validity.” “Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure.”


This is really, really good news for all of you "crazy"
people suffering from grief, situational depression, or the feeling that the government is out of control.

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I heard that they were going

I heard that they were going to be adopting some sort of international mental health standards, which I don't know a whole lot about. It's good that they're ditching the DSM-5, but I want to see what it's being replaced with.

Mental health professionals can be allies

I am a psychologist who has been a small-L libertarian since long before Ron Paul considered running for President in the Republican Party.

Despite the countless hours that I have spent winning hearts and minds, there are some Daily Paulers (hopefully a tiny minority) who think that people like me are somehow enemies of freedom.

As I see it, the DSM is created by committees that try to come to consensus about the science behind mental disorders. Sometimes they do a lousy job. Sometimes they do okay. And I believe that for some people, psychoactive medications save lives.

Don't get me wrong. I have depression. After dealing with atrial fibrillation, I have grown to hate medicine. I try to deal with depression naturally and to teach my clients to do the same thing whenever possible.

Still, I have worked with a few people who are so tortured by hallucinations, depression, and anxiety that they may come perilously close to suicide when they do not take medications.

As a libertarian, I believe that people should be to free to make their own medical decisions. I am glad that the law makes it hard to involuntarily commit people to psychiatric hospitals. Thank God that Americans have the sense not to take away the freedoms of the mentally ill after tragedies like Sandy Hook.

Believe it or not, mental health professionals like me can be allies in the quest for freedom. May we always honor Ron Paul's maxim that "freedom brings people together."

‘Each individual is separated from others by a "taboo of personal isolation"...this "narcissism of minor differences"'
--Sigmund Freud

You mean Adolescent Dissociative Disorder isn't a disease

of the mind?

So all these kids running around concocting fantasy worlds in their minds aren't suffering from the boogie-woogie brain fever?

9-11 was a panda job.

Latest edition most corrupted yet

I think with version IV they at least tried to be as 'scientific' and 'objective' as they could despite being inherently subjective.

The newest version is entirely corporatized and politicized. It is a pharmaceutical sales brochure designed to push pills while sanitized to avoid offending the politically powerful.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

This news made me so happy

I got diagnosed with a mental illness and given a pill for it! LOL!

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Wonderful news.

SteveMT's picture

This is like a major bombshell.

The Holy Grail of Psychiatry thrown over the side like it was trash. I wonder what will be the new Psychiatric Holy Grail? What will be the new definitions of psychiatric illnesses?

Good news re NIMH. Thanks for the post!

Good news re NIMH. Thanks for the post!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Debbie's picture


Thank you for posting this information!


egapele's picture

Sounds like CYA time

The arrows are all pointing to big pharma's role in these mass killings. The biggest pediatric drug pusher of them all is even changing his tune to cover his butt:

A leading voice has been Dr. Ned Hallowell, a child psychiatrist and author of best-selling books on the disorder. But in a recent interview, Dr. Hallowell said that the new C.D.C. data, combined with recent news reports of young people abusing stimulants, left him assessing his role.

Whereas Dr. Hallowell for years would reassure skeptical parents by telling them that Adderall and other stimulants were “safer than aspirin,” he said last week, “I regret the analogy” and he “won’t be saying that again.” And while he still thinks that many children with A.D.H.D. continue to go unrecognized and untreated, he said the high rates demonstrate how the diagnosis is being handed out too freely.


Big Pharma==scapegoat; use of drugs==excuse to disarm Americans

I take two different ADHD drugs and an SSRI. Each one has its benefit in helping me be more productive at work, more patient with my family, and more empathetic to others.

These pills certainly don't make me crazy. How could they? They simply tweak your brain's receptors, in a more subtle manner than alcohol. How could a pill that millions of people take make a person into a lunatic murderous zombie? It can't, pure and simple.

The people on these drugs who "go" nuts already are nuts. Family members saying they watched a love one spiral into insanity simply watched the unfortunate person go crazy while coincidentally on meds--because no drug can prevent or cure crazy.

And while I agree Big Pharma is sinister, that doesn't make the government any less sinister. You need to fear gun grabbers more than fearing Big Pharma. Big Pharma isn't going to disarm you, Big Brother is.

While I'm fine with libertarians going on anti-Big Pharma rants (because they pwn the FDC and CDC and thus don't operate in a free market), I'm not fine with libertarians connecting benign psychiatric meds like anti-depressants with mass murders. Because it enables gun-grabbing.

What true libertarian is going to endorse gun-grabbing by suggesting that people showing no symptoms of dangerousness could just snap at any moment simply because they take a pill?

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

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It's not the libertarians connecting the dots...

It's the pill pushers themselves, on their disclosure sheets.

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It appears the matrix is crumbling. This is bigger than anyone can realize. Only God knows what they will use to replace it.