Monday, January 09, 2012

Addictions, ADD, Mental Health, and the DSM V Concerns

I read an article by the Huffington Post this morning that discusses the problems with diagnosing using the DSM, over-diagnosis of many disorders such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, etc. and the overuse of psychotropic medications. The article is written by a psychiatrist who was on the task force for the development of the DSM-IV. He reports that diagnosis is often done by general practitioners, rather than psychiatrists who may have insufficient training in mental health diagnostics and treatment. Furthermore, he reports that the the upcoming DSM V may cause an increase in similar aforementioned problems. It is an interesting read that also includes the difficulties in studying the human brain and bridging the gap between psychology and neurology. The link below will take you to the article. Enjoy!

Jamison D. Law, LPC, NCC