Posted by simcha on December 2, 2004, at 23:29:44
In reply to The artificial nature of psychiatric diagnosis, posted by ed_uk on December 1, 2004, at 8:57:15
As a student in my psychopharmacology class the professor has told us that the establishment has basically said that the DSM-IVTR is obsolete.
They will have a DSM-V coming out in about a few years.
Then, we in the USA are one of the few countries that relies on the DSM system. The neuro-psychologists are lobbying, very powerfully, for using ICD-10 codes instead of DSM diagnosis to put us in line with most countries. ICD-10 is about symptomology and treating symptoms. It will put many psycho-analysts out of business.
However, we will still need psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, and psychotherapists because someone will need to treat the symptoms. The current scans do not prove much. Even Dr. Amen's research is being called into question... I suggest you go to quackwatch.org to look him up.
In the next ten years we will see radical changes in how mental illness is seen, diagnosed, and treated. Most likely a multidisciplinary approach will be embraced.
Psychotherapy actually changes brain chemistry. This is because we have found that experience creates new neural pathways and new neurons. When you do psychotherapy well you help the client re-wire their brian so that it functions in a way that is more functional. Of course, not all conditions respond to psychotherapy.
Psychopharmicology is important for those symptoms that cannot be helped by psychotherapy. Also psychopharms can help kickstart people into a different brain pattern that will help them to re-align their brians through psychotherapy.
This is the current thinking in forward thinking schools like mine...