Where is its mind? What the battle over the ‘bible’ says about psychiatry

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Jul. 10, 2011
… health-insurance companies typically favour DSM-driven medications over talk therapy… But in the longer term… disorders such as depression are more cheaply and just as effectively treated with talk therapy, given the potential consequences of so many people taking so many serious drugs… The obsessive thoroughness of DSM-5’s editors results in casting a wider diagnostic net… Even as the DSM tries to be more inclusive and “dimensional,” it runs the risk of sucking millions of merely unhappy and eccentric souls into the ranks of the mentally disturbed, at vast cost.

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What are Canadians really afraid of when it comes to crime?

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Apr. 09, 2011
Again and again – at least 16 times between 1956 and 2003 – knowledgeable and brain-studded parliamentary committees have concluded that where sentences and jail time are concerned, “preference should be given to the least restrictive alternative” (1982) because (1993) “costly repressive measures … fail to deter crime.”… So the Harper government’s stance defies not just evidence but half a century of Canadian intellectual tradition… Tough-on-crime sentiment may be difficult to justify logically, but it is easy to feel. The question is, why has it become seductive to more and more of us?

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