Archive for May 8th, 2012
Interesting reading about the revision process of the DSM; I didn’t know that the DSM was written because of the inability of doctors to diagnose mental illness:
In February 1969 David L. Rosenhan showed up in the admissions office of a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania. He complained of unfamiliar voices inside his head that repeated the words “empty,” “thud” and “hollow.” Otherwise, Rosenhan had nothing unusual to report. He was immediately admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Between 1969 and 1972 seven friends and students of Rosenhan, a psychology professor then at Swarthmore College, ended up in 11 other U.S. hospitals after claiming that they, too, heard voices—their sole complaint. Psychiatrists slapped them all with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and stuck them in psychiatric wards for between eight and 52 days. Doctors forced them to accept antipsychotic medication—2,100 pills in all, the vast majority of which they pocketed or tucked into their cheeks. Although the voices vanished once Rosenhan and the others entered the hospitals, no one realized that these individuals were healthy—and had been from the start. The voices had been a ruse.
I guess that the soft sciences are so imprecise shouldn’t annoy me, but it does.
Picked up an iPod touch last night and loaded a bunch of podcasts on it; I had forgotten the best feature of playback on iPods: 2x playback. Christ, I hate people talking at 1x. Since I only use my Zune for podcasts, this is the end of that. Sad day.