Friday, January 6, 2012

The thin-skinned, paranoid APA

Here is the always entertaining Gary Greenberg -- psychotherapist, Mother Jones writer, pen pal to the Unabomber -- on the latest embarrassment to the American Psychiatric Association:

"The APA is trying to thread a camel through the eye of a needle. In their own view, they have to revise the DSM. To do this, they have to address the reification problem–i.e., that many of us, civilians and clinicians alike, have  taken the DSM too seriously and treated the disorders it lists as actual diseases rather than fictive placeholders. To address it, they have to admit that it is a problem, and that they don’t have a solution. They have to fix the plane while it is airborne, but they don’t have the tools or the knowhow to do so, and the more it becomes clear that the plane is in trouble, and the more the mechanics are swearing and banging belowdecks, the more likely it is that the passengers will find out and start asking for a quick landing and a voucher on another airline."

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