Thursday, April 29, 2010

DSM-V: Five-Part Series On The new Psychiatric Bible

Excellent work from the Vancouver Sun.

Sharon Kirkey reports.

April 26, 2010: Critics fear proposals for a fifth edition of the diagnostic guide used by psychiatrists worldwide could unnecessarily trigger wholesale "epidemics" of mental illness and expose millions more adults and children to potentially harmful psychiatric drugs.

April 27, 2010: If accepted, TDD (temper dysregulation disorder) could soon become as entrenched in our vernacular as ADD. The fear is that TDD could open the door to a psychiatric diagnosis of any child with a bad temper.

April 28, 2010: "Psychosis risk syndrome" is the suggested diagnosis for "soft" symptoms of psychosis in people at risk for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders before they develop full-fledged delusions and hallucinations. Critics say it would lead to a many false positives.

April 29, 2010: Binge eating disorder would legitimize a diagnosis for what doctors say they see daily -- an increase in people who have lost utter control over their eating.

April 30, 2010: Modern science and experience is allowing better and updated diagnoses, some say. Skeptics say the new manual is more about psychiatry defining behaviours and reactions to life's usual letdowns as mental dysfunction, which could lead to overmedication.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Prevention of Violence Against Women Week April 18 - April 25, 2010 - Vancouver events

Urban Women's Anti-Violence Strategy has reconvened for Prevention of Violence Against Women Week April 18 - April 25, 2010 to host Death Does Not Become Her - Pre-Mortem Initiatives.

In 2009, Urban Women's Anti-Violence Strategy held events on Main Street in Vancouver to standing room only crowds confirming the essential and critical services women's organizations provide in British Columbia.

In 2010, the location is Commercial Drive and the events are even more compelling and pressing.


Tuesday, April 20
What's Rape Got To Do With It? An Evening of Consciousness-Raising
Little Nest located at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Wednesday, April 21
What do Women Want?: Feminists Shaping The Path for Men's Anti-Violence Work
Little Nest located at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Thursday, April 22
The Grid: 5 Critical Forces Sustaining Male Violence Against Women
Little Nest at 1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
7 pm to 9 pm

Friday, April 23
When Battered Women are Arrested: The Systems' Response to Violence Against Women
Britannia Community Centre Canucks Family Education Centre located 2nd floor 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
7pm to 9 pm

Sunday, April 25
Sisterhood: The Ties That Bind Us - A Film Screening of "Searching for Angela Shelton"
Rio Theatre located 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
2 pm to 5 pm

For more information call 604-687-1613, email or

Urban Women's Anti-Violence Strategy is:

Howe Sound Women's Centre,
Surrey Women's Centre,
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter,
South Fraser Women's Services Society,
Act II Safe Choice,
Women Against Violence Against Women and
Battered Women's Support Services