I’ve never met an irony I didn’t like. Case in point:
The other day, on Psychiatric Times, I came across a June 4 commentary titled Psychiatry is Alive and - Well, It’s Complicated.
Psychiatric Times is a private publication whose audience comprises “psychiatrists and allied mental health professionals who treat mental disorders.” The author of the piece, Ronald Pies, is a professor of psychiatry at SUNY and Tufts, and represents an enlightened voice in the profession.
“Is psychiatry as we know it ‘dead’?” begins Dr Pies’ commentary. There is a footnote. The footnote reads:
1. McManamy J. It’s official: psychiatry is dead. HealthCentral. Accessed May 27, 2015.
Note: While I disagree with John McManamy’s dire verdict on psychiatry, I do agree with him that the views and voices of our patients need to be heard by psychiatry’s leadership. I also believe that in revising DSM-5 and developing the next DSM, review by an independent scientific council, outside the APA, would be a prudent, confidence-building step.
Although my piece on HealthCentral was ob