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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 578

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Tonight's show featured a discussion of the special topic "Changes in the DSM-5" led by returning family member Daisy from New Mexico. These are issues that concern anyone interested in mental health and recovery from childhood trauma. "DSM-5" stands for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which was released at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in May 2013. It marked the end of more than a decade's journey in revising the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. The DSM is one of the basic "bibles" of the professional mental health industry. Daisy wanted to alert the NAASCA group as to the fact that an Open Letter was written by board members of The Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the APA) to the DSM-5 Task Force. The points in the Open Letter are discussed on the web site: www.DSM5-reform.com. As the web site explains, "Though others (e.g., the British Psychological Society, American Counseling Association, and prominent psychiatrists) have critiqued these proposals, American psychologists have remained relatively silent. However, our work is heavily affected by any changes to the manual. Therefore, our goal is to provide a unified response on the part of American psychologists as a professional community." Following that are bullet points that explain the issues. The link to the group's petition is on the same page. Please read and sign the petition if you are in support. You can also leave your general comments.

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