DxSummit.org A Global Platform for Rethinking Mental Health

A Global Platform for Rethinking Mental Health

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About Something new is happening in the world of mental health. In recent years, professionals from across the varied mental health disciplines—psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and others—have begun to ask questions about some of the basic assumptions that form the very foundation of our work. At the heart of these questions is a growing doubt about the official diagnostic systems for mental disorder.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are the two official diagnostic systems currently in use in the United States and abroad. Since the late 1970s, these parallel manuals have loosely followed the “neo-Kraepelinian” system, a categorical diagnostic paradigm containing criterion-based descriptions of mental disorders and their corresponding symptoms. The neo-Kraepelinian approach was expected to elevate psychiatric diagnosis to the standards of general medicine, and after its introduction, diagnosis became increasingly central to clinical research and practice. Today, researchers and practitioners across the globe use the DSM and ICD on a daily basis to understand and communicate about the mental distress reported by their patients, clients, and research participants. Over the past three decades, mental health practice has become virtually synonymous with the diagnosis of mental disorder. Read More: http://dxsummit.org/about

A Post-DSM Research Agenda

http://dxsummit.org/archives/340

 

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Diagnostic Manuals and New World Billing Codes: Can We Get Along?

The answer is no. Explaining how this is so in a blog is not realistic. It reminds me of when I was struggling with long-forgotten skills in advanced research design and analysis: As difficult as the statistics were, I had to take the word of others that any given formula was valid. It would have taken years of calculus and several chalk boards to “prove” just one equation.

Since it is clear that everything that we thought we knew is backwards, upside-down and inside-out, we are learning that Democide (death by government) is the leading cause of human demise. Things do not exist for the reasons that we think they do. Why should the American Psychological Association (APA), or the World Health Organization (WHO) have anything to do with wellness, as we understand it?

There has been a lot of buzz this week in regard to the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V) and the rejection of it by the National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH). It seemed too good to be true and this may be the case. For one analysis of this debacle: DSM, NIMH on mental illness: both miss relational, historical context of being human.

[Edit – 5/12/2012: The manuals go where the money flows. As nice as alternatives may seem, if the energy of our current exchange system is not addressed in some grand way, we are in trouble. OR: Until money is dealt with, as the Merovingian would say: The alternatives do not have a reason]

It only takes a moment of trying to get through the different systems to see that they are not in agreement. Were the creators of these ridiculous systems this stupid, or has it been by design? This may be a distraction from the fact that faster than you can say Agenda 21, we are moving toward a global standard.

Transition to the ICD-10-CM: What does it mean for psychologists?

Psychologists should be aware of and prepare for the mandatory shift to ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes in Oct. 2014

By Practice Research and Policy staff

Update: This article has been updated to reflect the announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the transition to ICD-10 will take place on Oct. 1, 2014, rather than Oct. 1, 2013.

Feb. 9, 2012—Beginning Oct. 1, 2014 all entities, including health care providers, covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must convert to using the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code sets. The mandate represents a fundamental shift for many psychologists and other mental health professionals who are far more attuned to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Most psychologists were trained using some version of DSM. For other health care providers, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) – which contains a chapter on mental disorders – is the classification standard.

Over the years, efforts to harmonize these two classifications have resulted in systems with similar (often identical) codes and diagnostic names. In fact, even if psychologists record DSM diagnostic codes for billing purposes, payers recognize the codes as ICD-9-CM – the official version of ICD currently used in the United States. Since 2003, the ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes have been mandated for third-party billing and reporting by HIPAA for all electronic transactions for billing and reimbursement.

http://www.apapracticecentral.org/update/2012/02-09/transition.aspx

The ICD-11 is in-progress:

What to keep in mind and expect in the future

CMS announced that there will be no grace period for the implementation of the ICD-10-CM. As of midnight on Oct. 1, 2014, any claims filed for dates of service (for providers) or discharge dates (for hospitals) on or after this date must contain ICD-10-CM codes. Because this is a HIPAA mandate, penalties for failure to comply will be enforced. Civil and criminal penalties may include heavy fines and imprisonment. For more information visit the HHS.gov HIPAA privacy rule site.

WHO will be completing the preparation of ICD-11 at about the same time that NCHS will be implementing ICD-10-CM. However, it is highly unlikely that there will be a similar delay in ICD-11 implementation in the United States.

Through a series of annual updates over the first few years following ICD-10-CM implementation, the U.S. is expected to bring ICD-10-CM in line with ICD-11, so that the latest version of the ICD can be adopted smoothly and gradually without requiring a sudden and major change in the classification or how diagnoses are reported.

http://www.apapracticecentral.org/update/2012/02-09/transition.aspx

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Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

First: Many thanks to Popeye and the team at Unbound Radio for being so responsive and sensitive to this matter.

http://unboundradio.com

[Edit April 4, 2013 – Here is the link to the radio broadcast with Popeye/Down The Rabbit Hole during which I decided I had to do something: http://unboundradio.com/down-the-rabbit-hole-1269/ ]

As a man, first – I am appalled. As a gay man looking at this,  all I see is another effort to associate good people with bad. It is my hope that the gay community (whoever we are) steps forward and calls this for what it is.

“You could say I lost my faith in politicians.” No joke. We have been debating whether or not a criminal class known as our government (mind controllers) should grant us rights to be together under their unjust laws and the entire time they have been undermining our true progress by continually associating  gay men with pedophiles. It is the people making these rules who are known for these horrific acts.

It is going to take the LGBT community – and more importantly – our straight brothers and sisters,  to avert this madness.

This is a difficult subject, but I see it also as a great opportunity to unite people who have been purposely divided for far too long by the controllers in this world.

Please take a moment to read the following article posted by Popeye on Federal Jack. The timing on this was purely synchromystic.

Make some magic out of this. “It’s gonna take a lot of love to change the way things are.”_____________

Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

April 3, 2013 by
Filed under Featured Stories, Human rights, US News

(RETHINK SOCIETY)   California Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speier CA (D), wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation. That doesn’t sound that extreme, but pedophilia is a sexual orientation according to this bill as well.

Under the bill’s language, a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if there was an attempt to get a pedophile or gay individual to change his behavior or speak negatively about their behavior as it relates to sexuality.

The bill calls on states to prohibit efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation, even if the minor requests it, saying that doing so is “dangerous and harmful.”

The text of the legislation doesn’t specifically ban “gay” conversion therapy. Instead, it prohibits attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation,” the bill says.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that, “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation.” However, the Democrats defeated the amendment. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law, and accordingly decided that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that should be equally as embraced as homosexuality.

“This language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation, including pedophilia,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected—the conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”

Who Cares If Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation?

It also means that, if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that discrimination laws also apply to pedophiles. That means you cannot block a pedophile from being a preschool teacher or any other high-risk occupation.

Recently, a United States District Court Judge, William Shubb, sided with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) by granting their plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against the legislation, which is known as California SB 1172.

“Because the court finds that SB 1172 is subject to strict scrutiny and is unlikely to satisfy this standard, the court finds that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims based on violations of their rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment,” wrote Judge Shubb.

“This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested,” said PJI President, Brad Dacus. “We at PJI are ready to fight this battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

“This will be a long, grueling battle with tremendous consequences for generations to come. We are grateful to those who are willing to support us in this critical time to preserve our freedoms and protect our children,” he continued.

Thankfully, for the time being, this legislation has been blocked, but many questions still remain.

This bill establishes a dangerous precedent for normalizing the behavior of pedophiles while stripping parents of their rights and peace of mind.

One can certainly make the argument that homosexuals are “born that way,” and we generally would not dispute that. However, when we have legislators that want to extend the “born that way” defense to pedophiles, this crosses a very dangerous line.

Whether a pedophile is born that way or not, it still does not make their behavior acceptable in any way.

If so, then you could declare rapists are “born that way.” They can’t help that they need to rape! Poor them!

Let’s be real.

Sex between an adult and a child too young to understand what is going on is not the same thing as sex between two consenting adults.

The operative word here is “consenting.” Children—by both law and basic common sense—cannot “consent.” If Jackie Spier had a son or daughter, and an adult “had consensual sex” with him or her, we do not believe that what she would be so adamant about protecting them.

What liberals conveniently ignore is the fact that all societies who participated in pedophilia—such as the Hittites, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans—eventually caved in on themselves due to corruption and depravity.

Further, let’s not also forget that their favorite form of entertainment was watching people get torn to shreds by lions, hacked to death, and burned alive.

Recognizing sexual ‘orientation’ is walking a razor’s edge. Unlike gay-oriented legislation, pedophilia has victims who must be protected.

We don’t put pedophiles in prison to make them stop being pedophiles; we put them there because they threaten the safety of the most vulnerable people in a society.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

http://www.rethinksociety.com/government/pedophilia-is-a-sexual-orientation-under-ca-bill/

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Resonance: Beings of Frequency (documentary film)

Resonance: Beings of Frequency (documentary film)

In the much overdue discussion in regard to where the bees are going, information continues to emerge. Is it thanks now to the “Monsanto Protection Act” (e.g., pesticides, suppressed research), other factors, or some combination?

In addition to looking at how cell phone use is linked to cancer and other health problems in humans,  “Resonance” looks also at the role of cell phone tower transmissions in relation to the disappearance of bees.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vb9R0x_0NQ

What is Schumann Resonance?

http://musicyourmind.com/what-is-schumann-resonance/

In 1899, a scientist and inventor named Nikola Tesla was performing energy experiments in Colorado Springs, USA, when he discovered that the Earth had a resonant frequency of approximately 8 Hz. Sadly, Tesla was ahead of his time. His discovery was documented, but it was not proven, and wouldn’t be for almost half a century.

Nearly 50 years later, in 1953, Professor W.O. Schumann of the University of Munich was teaching his students about the physics of electricity when they discovered that the Earth’s cavity produces very specific pulsations. They’d stumbled on the vibrational pulse of the planet Earth. In 1954, scientific tests confirmed that, indeed, the planet Earth resonates at 7.83 Hertz, which was dubbed “Schumann Resonances” in honor of the man who provided the proof…

Activist Post: The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/10-inventions-of-nikola-tesla-that.html

English: A cell phone tower in Palatine, Illin...

English: A cell phone tower in Palatine, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)