Blackness Ever Blackening: My Lifetime of Depression
How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to?
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Claire Gillan, 26, Psychology
For the month of April we're profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
Our Public Schools Must Be More Autism-Friendly—Here’s Where to Start
We’ll continue to work toward discovering why more and more kids are being diagnosed, but in the meantime we need to provide help for the ones who are already on the spectrum. One frustrated mom proposes 10 easy-to-implement solutions.
Why 'Substance Abuse' Is a Label We Should All Reject
There is clear evidence that the phrases "substance abuse" and "substance abuser" harm, as well as disparage, people with addiction. It's time to ditch these terms.
When Is a Kinky Interest Really Sick?
Of kinks, crimes, and kinds: A look behind the scenes at how the American Psychiatric Association's Paraphilias Sub-Work Group proposed revisions to the DSM for all manner of things relating to sexual arousal brought about by atypical objects, situations, or individuals.
Why Gender Dysphoria Should No Longer Be Considered a Medical Disorder
It does more harm than good.
The Problem With Psychiatry, the 'DSM,' and the Way We Study Mental Illness
Psychiatry is under attack for not being scientific enough, but the real problem is its blindness to culture. When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.
We Are All Internet Addicts Now—Just Don’t Call It That
New research has many (on the Internet) talking about the evolutionary causes of our "addiction" to the Internet, but it's not an addiction, at least not in the way we're used to applying the label.
Now That the 'DSM-5' Is Out Can We Start Talking About the Effect It Will Have?
The newly revised, hotly contested book of psychiatric diagnoses is finally here. How will it change the way we consider and treat substance use problems?
The 'DSM-5': Introducing the Latest Edition of Psychiatry's Diagnostic Bible
What does it mean that the American Psychiatric Association is switching from Roman numerals to Arabic? And will the critics ever be won over?
Should We Dump the DSM: An Interview With Gary Greenberg
Gary Greenberg's new book skewers the inner workings of the DSM just three weeks before the latest version is scheduled to be released.
When It Comes to Addiction, the DSM-5 Gets It Right, But...
The new spectrum approach to substance use disorder will improve diagnoses. But the revision could have gone even further in keeping up with the data.
DSM-5: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Addiction Treatment?
When the dust of debate settles, the new revision's benefits should be clear: good science, better diagnoses, more individualized care.
Psychiatry's Contested Bible: How the New DSM Treats Addiction
The 1,000-page psychiatrists' Big Book will redefine addiction. Critics are already demanding a boycott.