american psychological association censor APA Shut Down DSM 5 BloggerIn May 2013, the next edition of the primary guide psychiatrists and psychologists use to diagnose their patients is being released by the American Psychiatric Association. It’s attracted a shit-storm of criticism for it’s unilateral decision to make sweeping changes to the guide.

This is a list of organisations who (along with over 12,000 individuals) have signed a letter raising serious concerns about DSM-5:

–British Psychological Society (BPS),
–Danish Psychological Association,
–Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology (Division 6 of APA)
–Division of Developmental Psychology (Division 7 of APA),
–Division of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA),
–Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA)
–Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology (Division 27 of APA),
–Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of APA),
–Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of APA),
–Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39 of APA),
–Psychologists in Independent Practice (Division 42 of APA)
–Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (Division 44 of APA),
— Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division (Division 48 of APA)
–Society for Group Psychology and Psychotherapy (Division 49 of APA),
–Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity (Division 51 of APA),
–Division of International Psychology (Division 52 of APA),
–Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (Division of the American Counseling Association)
–Association for Humanistic Counseling (Division of the American Counseling Association)
–The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC, Division of the American Counseling Association)
–Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA, Division of the American Counseling Association),
–Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW, Division of the American Counseling Association),
–Counselors for Social Justice (Division of the American Counseling Association),
–American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA, Division of the American Counseling Association),
— American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
— American Psychoanalytic Association,
— American Family Therapy Academy,
–The Association for Women in Psychology,
–The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
–Society of Indian Psychologists
–National Latina/o Psychological Association
–The Society for Personality Assessment,
–The Society for Descriptive Psychology,
–National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers,
–The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP),
–Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science,
–Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies,
–Psychologists for Social Responsibility,
–The Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN),
–The Serbian Constructivist Association,
–Institute of Constructivist Psychology, Italy
— Italian Constructivist Society (S.C.I.)
–The Taos Institute
–Institute for Expressive Analysis
–Saybrook University
— Zhi Mian International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology
–Institute of Expressive Analysis
–Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy (PANDORA),
–Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (Section IX of Division 39 of APA),
–Council on Illicit Drugs of the National Association for Public Health Policy
–GoodTherapy.org

A focal point for discussion was set up by one British researcher on the domain dsm5watch.wordpress.com. Note the “watch” in the title indicating the blogger is clearly not claiming the trademark and the “.wordpress” domain indicating the site is a free wordpress hosted blog demonstrating it is 100% not for profit (no adverts are allowed on wordpress.com blogs). Despite this the APA issued a trademark based cease-and-desist. The blog has been relegated from readers favourites and google’s rankings but has come back with the new url: dxrevisionwatch.wordpress.com.

Champions of oppression shouldn’t crack open the champagne just yet however. A new domain, dsm5-reform.com has now entered the DSM-5 bashing game, along with dsm5sucks.com and dsm5band.com who have the slogan “insanity never sounded so good”, demonstrating once again that the Streisand Effect always prevails (more on that here). Shame on the the APA for using lawyers to bully a domain out of existence rather than engaging in the discussion.

Via Knight Science Journalism Tracker, links to more media coverage on the incident are available on the dxrevisionwatch blog here.

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