Tonight at 6:00pm Central (that is, right now), I’m giving a talk about skepticism and the DSM: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Multiple personalities? Personality disorders? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) contains a list of all recognized mental illnesses. How valid is it? Kate will look at the best and worst mental health diagnoses and talk about what makes for useful skepticism when it comes to mental health.
-How the DSM gets the diagnoses
-Should we throw it out?
-What diagnoses are particularly good? Which ones are particularly bad? Why?
-Overdiagnoses. Let’s talk about it.
-What does the future of diagnosing mental illness look like? (In which Kate makes wild speculation and expects to be wrong.)
-Taking lots of questions.
—- A Long List of Resources and Elaboration on Things I Mention —-
Reliabilty vs. Validity. I touched on the difference, but there’s also different kinds of each! Learn more here.
Changes to the DSM? Take a look at the whole list via the DSM5 website.
I talked about the 1973 change that removed homosexuality from its classification as a mental disorder. For more information here’s a transcript of an interview with some of the psychiatrists in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) who made it happen. Includes Nixon masks and a secret group called the GayPA.
Schizophrenia: more info on symptoms and causes here.
[Will update with more post-talk!]
IMPORTANT: I won’t be able to check comments here! Ask your questions in the chatroom, etc.