Daniel Carlat’s blog carries an interesting item. It seems that a lady named Suzy Chapman started a site called dsm5watch, in which she expressed criticism of the DSM. Well, the APA didn’t like this and sent her a cease and desist letter, claiming that the string “DSM-5” is trademarked, and that she was infringing their rights. She complied, changing the name of her site to dxrevisionwatch.
What I find interesting here is that the APA claim to be interested in public comment. I guess as long as it doesn’t get too critical.
Xanax, incidentally, is the best-selling psychiatric drug in America. I am reminded of a quip I heard from a psychiatrist many years ago. “The difference between Xanax and true love is that Xanax is forever.” He went on to explain – “you don’t take people off Xanax – once you’re on, you’re on!”