The DSM determines which mental disorders are worthy of insurance reimbursement, legal standing, and serious discussion in American life. That its diagnoses are not more scientific is, according to several prominent critics, a scandal. In a major blow to the APA’s dominance over mental-health diagnoses, Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, recently declared that his organization would no longer rely on the DSM as a guide to funding research. “The weakness is its lack of validity,” he wrote. “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. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever.” As an alternative, Insel called for the creation of a new, rival classification system based on genetics, brain imaging, and cognitive science. (Click for Complete Article)
## Note from Dr. DeMarco- You see that last line? "Cognitive Science" - THIS is why we do cognitive behavioral therapy! THIS Is why we don't work with insurance and the DSM. THIS is why so many people are labelled as having a mental illness in a time when we're supposed to be scientifically advanced, yet our miracle pills don't seem to be treating people. THIS is a system our practice wants no part of. Modern psychotherapy is not psychiatry. Modern psychotherapy is not psychoanalysis. Modern therapy is effective and evidence based.