MindFreedom International News - 26 December 2008
BELOW, the main weekly newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, USA
-- home of
MindFreedom International -- published a brief article
psychiatrist Darrel A. Regier is a link between revising
bible" of psychiatry and the drug industry.
Dr. Regier is in charge of preparing the new, fifth
version of the
American Psychiatric Association's (APA) powerful
Statistical Manual" (DSM). Dr. Regier has forced
participating in the DSM process sign a secrecy
agreement, and he has
refused to respond to contacts from organizations such
MindFreedom, despite encouragement from World Health
Dr. Regier is also head of the APA's "APIRE," their
research arm that
collects millions of dollars in psychiatric drug company
In the article, MindFreedom's director David W. Oaks
democracy needs to get hands on with psychiatry in order
the mental health system.
At bottom is more info, including a web page of links to
Regier connects the dots between the DSM and psychiatric
Eugene Weekly, Oregon, USA - 24 December 2008
Greening of Mental Health?
by Ted Taylor, Editor
Psychiatrists are wrestling with changes in definitions
that will be included in the fifth edition of the
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The final
have consequences for insurance reimbursement, research
individuals' psychological identity for years to come,
according to a
Dec. 18 story by Benedict Carey in The New York Times.
But will the
content reflect any input from millions of mental health
"We definitely tried to have input and dialogue, and
there was none
allowed. Period," says David Oaks, executive director of
International, based in Eugene.
MindFreedom was founded [in 1986] to advocate against
medication, physical restraints and involuntary
therapy, says Oaks. Members worldwide identify
survivors of human rights violations in a mental health
heavily influenced by outdated practices and
[Oaks] says Dr. Darrel A. Regier, a key figure in the
new DSM, is
also head of the special "research" wing of the American
Association. APIRE, an independent component of the APA,
planning for] the DSM and "tends to get millions upon
drug company dollars."
"Even though Dr. Regier got federal money to hold
seminars on the 'future of psychiatric diagnosis,' he
refused to even respond to civil inquiries from anyone
closed-door process," says Oaks.
Oaks says a prominent official with the World Health
mental health section, "has twice personally asked Dr.
respond to requests from MindFreedom about having mental
consumer input in the re-writing of the DSM," and was
told "no." "So
these few hundred unelected mainly rich, mainly white
cooking up behavioral guidelines for us all, with zero
input from the
public who is impacted by these rules."
MindFreedom is working to break the undemocratic
domination of mental
health care by the medical establishment, says Oaks.
"Our issue is
kind of like where energy policy was in the 1950s,
by the system. Now we're pushing for 'greening of mental
allow for more holistic, empowering, non-chemical
especially direct involvement by citizens in helping to
and emotional well-being programs."
The revised DSM, due out in about three years, is
expected to reflect
some public pressures. Early editions of the book
homosexuality as a mental disorder. Protests by gay
provoked a scientific review, and the diagnosis was
dropped in 1973,
replaced by "sexual orientation disturbance," and then
homosexuality." Homosexuality as a disorder was dropped
from the book
in 1987. Some GLBTQ activists are now lobbying for
regarding gender identity issues, but others are wanting
transgender identity as a formal diagnosis so that
surgery can be covered by insurance.
The story can be found by a web search for "NYTimes
Taylor, Editor, Eugene Weekly
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original article [corrections bracketed]
APIRE is the repository for much of the millions of
dollars that the
psychiatric drug industry pours into the American
Association and its related organizations. As director
of APIRE, Dr.
Regier also is in charge of the new DSM.
For a version of above with links at bottom to more info
DSM, Dr. Regier and APIRE:
** Ask your Congressperson to investigate the links
Regier, APIRE, APA, psychiatric drug industry, and DSM.
** Mark your calendar: MindFreedom plans another protest
Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 2009! Attend, or
wherever you are from May to July.
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