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Mental illnesses in the DSM are more politics than science

Mental illnesses in the DSM are more politics than science

Mental illness has surpassed back pain as the most common cause of disability. But as psychiatrist and writer Tanveer Ahmed writes, it's not as easy to diagnose as the DSM might have you believe.

From anxiety to Asperger’s, how the DSM is redefining disorders

From anxiety to Asperger’s, how the DSM is redefining disorders

The "bible" for mental health disorders is getting a much-needed update. It could reshape diagnosis and treatment for many sufferers, and not everyone is happy, writes Wes Mountain at The Citizen.

The tax office, ‘hired assassins’ and how to gag dissent

The tax office, ‘hired assassins’ and how to gag dissent

The nation's tax office has been accused of hiring psychiatrists to diagnose and even coerce complainants during legal disputes. Crikey's freedom of information requests and interviews reveal a worrying culture.

Why pot really is making kids sick: the new scientific link

Why pot really is making kids sick: the new scientific link

Cannabis use accelerates the onset of psychotic illnesses, according to a new study. Meta-analysis of data collected over 30 years, from over 20,000 patients, concludes the "age at onset of psychosis for cannabis users was 2.7 years younger than for nonusers".

Tanveer Ahmed: why I shock people for a living

Tanveer Ahmed: why I shock people for a living

Electroconvulsive therapy is arguably one of the best treatments for a range of mental health afflictions. But the stigma associated with it still "flows on to the practitioners like a skin-borne pathogen."

Web doctoring: improving access to treatment

Web doctoring: improving access to treatment

Therapy over the web, when supervised by an expert clinician, is surprisingly effective, writes Gavin Andrews.

Scientology’s vexed relationship with psychiatry

Scientology’s vexed relationship with psychiatry

A case before the Bankstown Local Court, in which a 25-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her father and sister to death and seriously injuring her mother, has raised the issue of Scientology’s views on psychiatry.