Friday, May 17, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Tomorrow, the American Psychiatric Association releases its latest version of the manual- The DSM -5. Some critics hope this will be the last. (CP/HO-American Psychiatric Publishing)
National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel
"The criticism of the DSM-5 is criticism of the DSM in general. Rather than thinking that the next edition is going to improve the situation is going to make things better we maybe coming to a reckoning an understanding that the DSM itself is a project whose flaws are too great to overcome." - Gary Greeberg, author of The Book of Woe
Gary Greeberg is the author of The Book of Woe: the DSM and unmaking of psychiatry. He is part of the growing chorus critical of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM - a comprehensive list of mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association and widely used for diagnosing mental illness.
• Gary Greenberg on Psychiatry and the DSM-5 -- Slate
Dr. Thomas Insel is the director of the National Institute of Mental Health where he oversees a project to find the objective scientific data that explains mental illnesses. We have reached him in Potomac, Maryland.The Current Archives: DSM-5: Diagnosing & Treating Mental Disorders
Editorial Consultant on the DSM 5, Dr. Michael First
My next guest helped write the DSM 5. Dr. Michael First is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and editorial consultant on the DSM 5. He joined us from New York City.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.
Mail: Posing as "Oppressed"Yesterday on The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti had a discussion about the ethics of a journalist going undercover as a marginalized person, in order to tell their story. One of our guests was journalist and professor Jan Wong, who posed as a Maid for a Month and wrote about it for the Globe and Mail.
Many of you have strong opinions about this.
This, from Alison Moores in Ottawa:
One's intentions may indeed be noble, but I am really uncomfortable with the notion that a person of privilege will notice things that an oppressed person would not. While such a stunt may shed light on an important issue, we need to spend more time listening carefully to ALL people instead of dressing up the privileged to tell a story that they cannot fully understand.
Cathy White from Ontario writes:
You don't know what you've lost 'till it's gone. A privileged reporter who takes the place of a marginalized worker has insight that the worker can never have. No matter what the low-wage worker learns about a privileged life from the movies, or observing from the outside how her clients live, she can never really know what she is missing. But the privileged journalist knows on an even deeper level how very unfair and distressing it is.
Just a sample of the response to yesterday's show.
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Last Word - Monday Victoria Day Promo
Coming up Monday, Juno-award winning musician Sarah Harmer will be guest host of a special Victoria Day Edition of The Current. Sarah brings a deep commitment to environmental and social justice issues to the host chair. And she joined our Friday host Tom Harrington in studio to give you a sneak peak on what is coming up for Monday's show.
We ended the part with Sarah Harmer's song "Washington". Here is a live version of the song:
Other segments from today's show: