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“Hoarding reclassification shines light on disorder”

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This July 14, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about Hoarding and what is being done in Allegheny County to try to help those with this disorder.  The article points out that they don’t believe that the number of cases involving hoarding is increasing, but rather that there is an increased awareness and attention being made into the disorder that poses health and safety risks not only to the person with the hoarding disorder, but also to anyone who may need to enter the home in the event of an emergency like a fire or medical emergency.  The article also points out that hoarding is an illness it is not that the people with this condition are lazy, they have an illness.  This, in my mind suggests that the people with a hoarding disorder, should be treated with respect and dignity just like anyone with any other type of illness would expect to be treated, no matter how difficult it is to not treat them with disgust, they are people first and that is where the focus needs to be …. on the person.  I feel that if you treat the person, then the other stuff will fall into place over time, but if you jump in and start treating symptoms first and not treating the person, it becomes a cycle where the person is less receptive to help and feels like their world is out of control.

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Psychiatry Embraces Patient-Centered Care”

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This January 29, 2014 article on the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric News website talks about the shift that is happening across the United States towards a patient centered method of treating people with mental illnesses.  Pat Deegan’s Common Ground is among the tools that are being used in this shift and showing great success.

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“New Diagnosis Rules Could Lead to Drop in Autism Numbers”

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





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This January 22, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about the effect that changes in the diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder could have on those with the diagnosis.




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“Changing the rules of PTSD”

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 13, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about changes in the diagnostic criteria of PTSD as found in the DSM-5 and how this criteria compares to what was found in the earlier DSM-4

“New US manual for diagnosing mental disorders published”

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This May 18, 2013 article on theguardian website talks about the DSM-5 being published.


“Is Grief a Mental Illness?”

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This May 16, 2013 blog post on the AARP blog talks about the controversial change to the DSM that would include grief after the loss of a loved one as a form of mental illness.  The post also discusses briefly some of the other changes that are highly contested such as binge eating and Asperger Syndrome, but the main focus is on grief in this particular post.


“The New Criteria for Mental Disorders”

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This May 8, 2013 article on The New Yorker website talks about the evolution of the DSM describing some of the thinking that has gone into it and how it has changed over time.


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