The Great Divide: A Growing Disconnect (Response to the DSM-5)


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A Different Lens

All I can say is that unless one considers the whole person, they're missing the point.

joanelyia more than 8 years ago

Thank you for sharing this

I actually just bought the DSM-5 yesterday! I bought it as a reference guide for mainly understanding signs and symptoms. As a social worker, I look at the book as a reference, but not necessarily the bible of psychiatry since I am personally critical of the DSM. Can we as social workers write our own companion guide to the DSM-5? Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Liz more than 8 years ago


Yours is a great idea, Liz. Have you discussed it with your social work alma mater? Or your chapter of NASW? Why not write an op ed, or a blog, telling of your experiences? Love how you think!

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Your article

Fantastic. From an Australian social worker

Jane Thomson more than 8 years ago

Thank you, and can you help with a book I am working on

I appreciated your "likes" for this piece. I would so appreciate your responding to a questionnaire re burn out and self care in social work for a text/guide book, to be published next year by NASW Press. Because of burn out, skilled social workers leave a field where they are desperately needed, and I want to do all I can to stop this from happening. See for more on how you can help with the book.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Truth Spoken

As a social work in the field of substance abuse I can say that we face the daunting challenge of assisting clients who can learn sober coping skills without use of medication or with use of alternative/holistic approaches to consider life without quick fixes. It is even more challenging in a society where symptom medication (without seeking long term resolution) is all too common.

David MIranda, LMSW more than 8 years ago

Your response

David, I am so glad you have shared your experiences. Thank you. Our challenge will be uphill, but our clients deserve to understand what is causing the need to numb themselves. Our profession is a promise to give the finest quality work possible to all we are privileged to work with.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Absolutely a great article!

Absolutely a great article! I see this every day on the adolescent mental health unit! Give them meds or send them to another facility and do not touch the underlying emotion trauma that is the causation of their issues.

Donna M Bassano MSW, LSW more than 8 years ago


This is such a dangerous trend, and what concerns me as greatly is that the underlying developmental and emotional trauma is far too often downplayed in graduate work.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

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