two sides…

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2013

Willie Nelson and Diane Carroll sang a duet in their country music classic Honeysuckle Rose:
    There must be two sides to every story.
    And who’s to say, who’s right and who is wrong?…
Well here’s one now – two sides:
Glaxo And Its Transparency Effort Finally Moves Forward
by Ed Silverman
Witty A: Report to the President
by David Healy
07 May 2013
Tomorrow’s blog topic? You bet…
    May 8, 2013 | 11:59 AM


    David Kupfer, M.D., Responds to Criticism of DSM-5 by NIMH Director

    Responding to recent criticism of DSM-5 and its previous iterations by NIMH Director Thomas Insel, M.D., the chair of APA’s DSM-5 Task Force, David Kupfer, M.D., issued a statement emphasizing that the diagnostic manual “provides clinicians with a common language to deliver the best patient care possible” and is “the strongest system currently available for classifying disorders.” Insel had charged that the system that DSM uses to classify diagnoses is reliable but lacks validity, since the diagnoses “are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure,” such as those used to make diagnoses in other fields of medicine.

    Kupfer stated that “efforts like the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria [RDoC] are vital to the continued progress of our collective understanding of mental disorders.” He continued by noting that Insel’s vision of a system based on biological and genetic markers “remains disappointingly distant” and “cannot serve us in the here and now.” It “merely hand[s] patients another promissory note that something may happen sometime. Every day,” he said, psychiatrists must respond to patients who are suffering. “Our patients deserve no less.”

    The complete text of Kupfer’s statement is posted at–MD.pdf.

    May 8, 2013 | 5:19 PM

    Dr. Healy’s articles have 100 effects.

    I would suspect a lot of conventional docs miss 99 of them, focusing on the major effect of being *woken up* from a deep sleep!


    May 8, 2013 | 7:17 PM

    Honeysuckle Rose was a good album and movie. Especially liked ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground’ written/recorded by Willie from the track.


    May 8, 2013 | 7:23 PM

    It was country music’s Gone With The Wind – the standard never equaled – even by Coal Miner’s Daughter. When it occurred to me, I looked on Netflix, but it wasn’t there…

    May 8, 2013 | 8:43 PM


    Psychiatry in Crisis! Mental Health Director Rejects Psychiatric “Bible” and Replaces with… Nothing

    By John Horgan | May 4, 2013 |

    Since I became a science writer 30 years ago, I have heard countless claims about breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment of mental illness. And yet as the NIMH decision on the DSM indicates, the science of mental illness is still appallingly primitive. Instead of forming fancy new programs and initiatives and alliances, leaders in mental health should perhaps do some humble, honest soul searching before they decide how to proceed. And they should think of what’s best not for their professions or the pharmaceutical industry but for those suffering from mental illness, who deserve better.”

    May 8, 2013 | 8:53 PM


    One manual shouldn’t dictate US mental health research

    Updated 19:06 08 May 2013 by Allen Frances

    The new edition of the DSM “bible” is so flawed that the US National Institute of Mental Health is right to abandon it, says eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances

    May 9, 2013 | 12:58 AM

    Country music’s ‘Gone with the Wind’.
    Never heard it put that way, but I agree… it was a great movie.

    Having grown up in Austin, a stone’s throw from where Willie and others build the ‘Armadillo World Headquarters- (aging myself),,, I’ve been a lifelong fan of Willie Nelson and his music.

    I don’t say this often enough: “Thank you” – for this blog, for your honest and straightforward approach toward finding the facts, searching for the truth (and for allowing an often-misunderstood “anti-psychiatry” nut such as myself to leave a few comments). Yours is the best blog out there, doc. Really.

    My best,


    John Blenkinsopp
    May 9, 2013 | 7:40 AM

    Hi Mickey. I’m a long time follower who would like to discuss something with you via email . Cheers John

    John Blenkinsopp
    May 9, 2013 | 8:07 AM


    Richard Noll
    May 9, 2013 | 9:03 AM
    May 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM

    Hey, Discover— I’m a former Austinite.

    However, one member of the panel – which is described as independent and will be tasked with reviewing data requests – has previously worked as a consultant to the drugmaker.

    That’s a huge however. Rat bastards.

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