Neuroscience Based Nomenclature for Drugs According to Nigella

https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/540483383319474176 So it was my turn to refresh our consult service mascot, Nigella, by walking her down to the gift shop for her weekly shot of helium. Let me tell you, if you need a way to lift your spirits, you should try strolling across a hospital with a balloon animal. You leave a bright … Continue reading Neuroscience Based Nomenclature for Drugs According to Nigella

Thick and Thin: Perspectives on DSM-5

A recent post by Dr. George Dawson, Real Psychiatry: Observations from Amazon on DSM-5 sales about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) got me thinking about how our department is adjusting to the new classification manual. It also reminded me of something I heard Dr. Paul McHugh, co-author with Dr. Phillip Slavney of "The Perspectives of … Continue reading Thick and Thin: Perspectives on DSM-5

“Just A Giant Bowl of Doodoo”

You know, I just saw the articles about the DSM-5 and psychiatry in general written by a couple of columnists along with the response by American Psychiatric Association (APA) President, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, links to which for convenience follow: 'Unspecified Mental Disorder'? That's crazy -- Health & Wellness -- Sott.net Heroes of Uncertainty - NYTimes.com PsychiatryOnline … Continue reading “Just A Giant Bowl of Doodoo”

Too Many Words for Dementia?

I'm still trying to learn how to use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-5 and just found out that the diagnostic category Dementia was removed. It's been replaced by the 3 word term, "Major Neurocognitive Disorder." He strongly advises against its use. Why is delirium not a "major neurocognitive disorder"? I'm having a little trouble  … Continue reading Too Many Words for Dementia?

DSM-5 Mobile App News

This is just a quick update on the DSM-5 Mobile App for $70 now available through iTunes, DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store. I got different messages about the app, … Continue reading DSM-5 Mobile App News

The Geezer’s Triumvirate for Psychiatric Diagnosis

I just got my copy of "Systematic Psychiatric Evaluation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying The Perspectives of Psychiatry"  by Chisolm and Lyketsos [1]. It's based on McHugh and Slavney's book, "The Perspectives of Psychiatry" as the title suggests. Most of my contemporaries and I who were trained at The University of Iowa and at Johns Hopkins were raised, … Continue reading The Geezer’s Triumvirate for Psychiatric Diagnosis

Quick Updates: Iowa Board of Medicine Meeting on MOL Postponed and DSM-5 Poll

Well, just a couple of updates today. I'm surprised at the rapidity and volume of responses so far to the poll on which  DSM-5 electronic product  people would buy: Most would buy the cheapest, which is the mobile app, which makes sense. The other replies included not buying any of them, waiting for "Merck to … Continue reading Quick Updates: Iowa Board of Medicine Meeting on MOL Postponed and DSM-5 Poll