Tag Archives: Diagnosis

The RDoc vs. DSM5 debate roils on

Note: RDoC is the NIMH official new diagnostic system, set up against the DSM-5 in 2013 by Thomas Insel, director.  The DSM is the well known diagnostic manual used by mental health services for decades. I was obsessed by a recent, totally innovative article by Alexopoulos and Arean(Molecular Psychiatry 2014) on a new psychotherapy model […]
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Personality and Psychiatric disorders: Four blind men and an elephant or chicken and egg?

If there is one thing that gets psychiatrists riled up and in a disagreement it is the diagnosis of a patient.  Treatment always follows diagnosis, so you can see how important it is to get it right.  Unfortunately, mental health professionals are divided.  Some choose Axis I as primary, others Axis II.  What?  Axis I […]
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The Overhaul continues: DSM5 vs. RDoC and the coming storm

Introduction I can’t help but write about what I am reading right now.  The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) lead by Bruce Cuthbert and supported by NIMH (national institute of mental health/USA) and director Thomas Insell, M.D., have led workshops with experts in the field between 2010 and 2012.  Their purpose:  restructure and rewrite the diagnoses […]
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Genetics of Psychiatric Conditions

The Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomic Consortium has done it again! Who are they?  Oh, some really smart psychiatric research scientists following on a hunch:  they think it is better to say there is no such thing as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, per se, but that we have clusters of disorders, dysfunctions across different […]
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