Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What's in a Label?

In Psychology, we talk about the process of making a diagnosis, which is labeling the psychological disorder from which the person is suffering. The Diagnositic Statistical Manual (DSMIV) is the most widely used manual from which we diagnose. It is in the process of being updated, with the DSMV scheduled to be published in 2013. Recently, there have been numerous news articles regarding some of the proposed changes that are going to occur. On Monday, January 30th, there was an article in Newsday about how the Pervasive Developmental Disorders (i.e. Autism, Asperger's) may be changing and some potential implications of such changes. It is an excellent article to read and get a better understanding of some of the reasons we use labels in Psychology and the possible impact of them.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


On January 20th, Newsday published an editorial "Overdiagnosis Can Make You Crazy". Read the editorial and write a brief (1 page maximum) response to it. Due date is February 1st and you can earn up to 5 points extra credit on your first exam.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Welcome to the Spring 2012 Semester. This is the area I will be using to for class announcements. If an announcement is specific to your class, I will identify it as being so. Please check back on a regular basis to keep updated on everything. If you join the blog, you will be emailed everytime the blog is updated.

Have a great semester!