Psychiatry is at war with itself. The battlefield is the forthcoming publication of the DSM 5 – the latest version of the diagnostic manual that defines mental illnesses for the industry. At stake is the authority of psychiatry, and our society’s whole approach to the mind and mental illness. This is the second of a Read more…

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Psychiatry is at war with itself. The battlefield is the forthcoming publication of the DSM 5 – the latest version of the diagnostic manual that defines mental illnesses for the industry. At stake is the authority of psychiatry, and our society’s whole approach to the mind and mental illness. This is the first part of Read more…

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Check out Sarah Silverman talking about being prescribed 16 Xanax a day by her therapist. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZlND366m-c?fs=1]

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The New York Review of Books has a good article in the last issue about the financial ties between US academic psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry, and the misinformation, bad research and lies that are propagated as a consequence of these ties. It points out: Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of Read more…

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I’ve been reading Conversations on Consciousness, by Susan Blackmore. An excellent book, in which Blackmore interviews the leading thinkers in the consciousness movement – philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists. Reading it, you can’t help but think that Philip K. Dick is, as I’ve said before, the great prophetic voice of the issues of technology and identity Read more…

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