a bargain!…

Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2013

Planning out your May reading? For those of you thinking about spending the $133.22 on a paperback DSM-5,

let me suggest some alternatives instead:

All five total $98.68. Hours of enjoyable reading for under $100.00!.

Flash! Update! Here’s another going for $17.48 on Amazon bringing the total to $116.16…

    May 1, 2013 | 7:41 PM

    toilet paper is much cheaper than DSM 5, and kinder on the derriere!

    Do agree with noting the advertisement of Frances’ current book “Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis”. I have to get off my derriere and buy the book!!!

    May 1, 2013 | 8:46 PM

    Or just get away from all of it… and read a good novel, or some poetry.


    May 1, 2013 | 9:45 PM

    Indeed. I wonder how much of the DSM-5 proceeds will go towards paying Bill Clinton’s speaking fees at the APA meeting…

    Bernard Carroll
    May 2, 2013 | 12:02 AM

    We could add in Hippocrates Cried by Michael Alan Taylor, going for under $18 on Amazon right now.

    May 2, 2013 | 9:29 AM


    Nature | News Feature
    Mental health: On the spectrum

    Research suggests that mental illnesses lie along a spectrum — but the field’s latest diagnostic manual still splits them apart.


    May 2, 2013 | 9:35 AM


    The Small World of Psychopathology

    Denny Borsboom mail, Angélique O. J. Cramer, Verena D. Schmittmann,
    Sacha Epskamp, Lourens J. Waldorp

    Mental disorders are highly comorbid: people having one disorder are likely to have another as well. We explain empirical comorbidity patterns based on a network model of psychiatric symptoms, derived from an analysis of symptom overlap in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV).
    Principal Findings

    We show that a) half of the symptoms in the DSM-IV network are connected, b) the architecture of these connections conforms to a small world structure, featuring a high degree of clustering but a short average path length, and c) distances between disorders in this structure predict empirical comorbidity rates. Network simulations of Major Depressive Episode and Generalized Anxiety Disorder show that the model faithfully reproduces empirical population statistics for these disorders.

    In the network model, mental disorders are inherently complex. This explains the limited successes of genetic, neuroscientific, and etiological approaches to unravel their causes. We outline a psychosystems approach to investigate the structure and dynamics of mental disorders.


    May 2, 2013 | 11:54 AM

    Anatomy of an Epidemic for $11.96 on Amazon. –



    May 2, 2013 | 12:16 PM

    Dr. Mickey, you are getting more radical all the time. Rock on!

    May 3, 2013 | 1:43 PM

    Things are not looking up for the DSM5 (though they may make an excellent expensive door stop); since even those KOL protectors and Pharmaceutical Industry cheer leaders over at the NIMH appear to be jumping ship on this latest venture into fantasyland.


    May 3, 2013 | 1:51 PM
    Graham Martin
    May 3, 2013 | 8:24 PM

    What a joke. Love your analysis; the other books look much more meaningful. Took the liberty of tweeting your comment. Hope you don’t mind. Regards, Graham

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