December 2012 Newsletter

The relationship of us all to our mother is a special one that cannot be replaced. The bonding that we each have with the woman who carried us for 9 months in her womb and then birthed us often with great discomfort and pain, forms the basis of a lifelong link which powerfully shapes who we later on become as an adult.

The loss of one's mother is therefore a significant psychological and spiritual event which cannot be under-estimated. In December 2012 Richard lost his 89 year old mother, Mary Boyd. We recognise this loss and apologise to anyone affected by appointment and workshop changes and cancellations that have occurred as a result.

Richard was able to have a positive and enduring relationship with his mother and so the loss whilst deep has borne a grief clean of any regrets. Take the time this Xmas to catch up with your parents and loved one's to retell them how much you appreciate what they mean to you.  Not everyone gets the chance to say good bye and so remember the old Buddhist saying "next breath or next life, we know not which may come in the next moment."

Happy Holidays!

We wish you and your loved ones a merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and we will still see clients one-on-one from Monday January 7 2013 onwards. If you have a Xmas crisis then also feel free to contact us for support.

This month and in January we are taking a break from group events whilst we rest. We will resume with a full programme in February 2013 and our January 2013 newsletter will announce what is coming up for February and beyond. In many ways 2012 has been a year of endings and completions for us and so we look forward to 2013 with the energy of beginning and renewal.

We will run our December 17 cancelled Borderline and Narcissism 1 day workshop on Sunday January 13 2013 just to complete our 2012 commitments. New attendees are also welcome to attend this signature 1 day event and so email us to confirm that you wish to attend.

DSM-5 and its Evolution from DSM-4

Readers may remember that I recently published an article on the plethora of mental disorder labelling used in the mental health filed. That article titled The Disorder Disorder covered the conflicts of interest and unethical dynamics that have arisen over time within the medical industry in its relationship to the mental health professions.

As an update it is worthy to note that in December 2012, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) approved a set of updates, revisions and changes to the reference manual used to diagnose mental disorders. The revision of the manual, called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and abbreviated as the DSM, was the first significant update in nearly two decades.

The old version was called DSM-IV and the new version is called DSM-V or DSM-5. What one notices is the response by APA to the addictions and compulsions people are now having with social media, the internet, gaming devices, and the digital world. For instance there is in Section 3 of the new DSM-5, a mention of a category of disorders needing further research such as Internet use gaming disorder, as well as self harming behaviours which are now reframed as Non-suicidal self-injury.

The APA has made major changes to the overall DSM chapter layouts and ordering system so there is a form of clustering of disorders' based on apparent relatedness to one another, as reflected by similarities in disorders' underlying vulnerabilities and symptom characteristics. There is a recognition and alignment to the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases so there will no longer be two disparate systems of classifications.

The changes to the actual disorder classification themselves sees the spectrum of Autistic and Aspergers disorders merged so a person may be told from now on they do not actually have Aspergers disorder but are Autistic in some way instead.

Click this link to read the full article: DSM-5 and its Evolution from DSM-4  

Enjoy your holidays!

Richard Boyd

Director, Energetics Institute

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