The following is a shortened edited version of the Presidential Address which I gave at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry held in New York May 2014. This article in edited form will also appear in the next issue of the The Forum, a magazine published by the […]
There are very few reasons that a psychiatry blog should discuss the recent change in policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” After all, homosexuality is not a mental disorder and this is a case of righting a wrong of discrimination and an example of social justice. However, until 1973 American psychiatry considered homosexuality as a psychiatric diagnosis. The behind the scenes story of how the American Psychiatric Association reversed it’s official policy towards homosexuality is explained in an interview that Dr. Blumenfield had with Dr. Alfred M. Freedman who at the time was President of that organization. There are links to a transcript of that interview as well as a 3 part video broadcast on You-Tube or the entire audio of the interview on Shrinkpod which is a podcast.
This blog is written to mark the first year of PsychiatryTalk.com being on the Internet. The readership has expanded from 25 hits/week to over 300 hits/day and it is still growing. A followup on the topics of several of the blogs written in the past year was reported.
Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest after his team won the NBA Championship thanked his psychiatrist on national television. This is an example how an increasing number celebrities are comfortable publicly discussing their psychiatric history. Television programs, movies, the Internet and the new media have all contributed to the reduction of stigma about mental health problems and treatment.
There are several possible sources of increasing APA revenue. The dues could be increased an average of $50/year over a five year period which would bring an average increase of revenue of $500,000/year. Profits from the sale of DSM V even with half of it going into reserves would probably add at least another $500,000/year to APA revenue. If the APA Foundation took over part of the public affairs activities of the APA, that would allow for an estimated $200,000 year. APPI, publishing arm of the APA, could use the district branches as a commissioned sales force which could provide another $200,000/year of revenue. Having more videoconference could replace some travel costs and increase revenue about $50,000/year. Finally having the APA “go global” could bring in a large number of international members which could increase revenue an estimated $100,000/year. There ideas have the potential of increasing APA revenue $1.5 million/year which could be used to reinvigorate the Assembly and reestablish the APA Components in a responsible manner