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Govt. Intervention for DSM-5?


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#1 Skyler

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:12 AM

Is Government Intervention Needed to Prevent an Unsafe DSM 5?

"Donna Rockwell, Psy.D. was once a CNN reporter covering Capitol Hill. She is now a psychologist and a member of the petition committee calling for an independent scientific review of DSM 5." From the Huffington Post

"As I read this, I find it both sad and silly that DSM 5 has allowed things to degenerate to the point where government intervention may indeed be necessary. DSM 5 has stubbornly ignored the general consensus that many of its suggestions simply make no sense and may cause grave damage both to public health and public policy. The DSM 5 hot potato suggestions should have been dropped long ago. They certainly must be rejected now.

Adding a new diagnoses in psychiatry can be far more dangerous than approving one of the new "me-too" drugs that so often come to market. It is paradoxical and nonsensical for us to carefully vet new drugs through a fairly rigorous FDA procedure but at the same time allow new diagnoses to be introduced through a badly flawed decision-making process completely controlled by just one professional organization that has lost its credibility. The new diagnoses suggested by DSM 5 will lead to widespread misdiagnosis and inappropriate drug use -- causing far more damage than could possible be wrought by any new "me-too" drug."

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Lyrica: 8/31 75 mgs; 8/17 78 mgs; 8/3 84 mgs; 7/20 90 mgs; 7/6 96 mgs; 6/22 102 mgs; 6/8 108 mgs; 5/25 114 mgs; 5/11 120 mgs; 4/28 126 mgs; 4/18 132 mgs; 4/9 138 mgs; 3/30 144 mgs; 3/20 150 mgs; 3/7 159 mgs; 2/27 168 mgs; 2/18 177 mgs; 2/8 186 mgs; 1/25/14 192 mgs .(restart taper 1/25/14 207 mgs. (held for 18 mos at 207)) Highest dose 300 mgs.

Requip - holding: .15 mgs start hold 1/12/14 (start taper .25 mgs 4/12)
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I'm using a step wise wise taper approach. WD symptoms are tinnitus, which has been long standing, and muscle spasms in my legs and feet which are related to the most recent Lyrica taper.

History: After 25 years (including a 3 yr 4 mo. taper), I'm BENZO FREE! Tapered from 7/2010 thru 10/13. Off benzos for the first time in 25 years. Started 4.5 mgs K. cross tapered to 20 mgs. diazepam 10-12/10. On requip .25 mgs. and on and off Lyrica 150 to 300 mgs. for several years prior to tapering, start tapers 3/12.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:05 AM

Thanks, Schuyler. I like to link through plus provide selections from the articles here so people can see if they want to read the whole thing. That's selections, not the entire article -- to conform to rules about fair use and copyright.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:54 PM

Look at this: http://www.psycholog...cessary-retreat
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

Hallelujah! Awright... thanks for the post Bubbles. The section on Psychosis Risk was absolutely heinous, and Mixed Anxiety Depression, think there would have been such a thing as a normal mood? But this is on the right track.. The most atrocious section has been exorcised.

The link for public comment for any who might be interested.
Lyrica: 8/31 75 mgs; 8/17 78 mgs; 8/3 84 mgs; 7/20 90 mgs; 7/6 96 mgs; 6/22 102 mgs; 6/8 108 mgs; 5/25 114 mgs; 5/11 120 mgs; 4/28 126 mgs; 4/18 132 mgs; 4/9 138 mgs; 3/30 144 mgs; 3/20 150 mgs; 3/7 159 mgs; 2/27 168 mgs; 2/18 177 mgs; 2/8 186 mgs; 1/25/14 192 mgs .(restart taper 1/25/14 207 mgs. (held for 18 mos at 207)) Highest dose 300 mgs.

Requip - holding: .15 mgs start hold 1/12/14 (start taper .25 mgs 4/12)
............................................................

I'm using a step wise wise taper approach. WD symptoms are tinnitus, which has been long standing, and muscle spasms in my legs and feet which are related to the most recent Lyrica taper.

History: After 25 years (including a 3 yr 4 mo. taper), I'm BENZO FREE! Tapered from 7/2010 thru 10/13. Off benzos for the first time in 25 years. Started 4.5 mgs K. cross tapered to 20 mgs. diazepam 10-12/10. On requip .25 mgs. and on and off Lyrica 150 to 300 mgs. for several years prior to tapering, start tapers 3/12.