J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The Merriam-Webster dictionary online defines “ethical” as “involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval (ethical judgments); conforming to accepted standards of conduct.” Based on a new study, it seems as though the American Psychiatric Association (APA) may need a little refresher course in ethics.
According to researchers led by Lisa Cosgrove, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is published by the APA, is riddled with financial conflicts of interest, ABC News reported.
The 900-page manual on mental health, known as DSM-5, is set for publication in May 2013. Known as the industry’s bible, it details the recommended treatment modalities – many of them pharmacological – for all known psychological disorders.
But Cosgrove and her team, which published their findings in the journal PLoS Medicine, say it’s the drug treatments that raised red flags because 70 percent of the DSM-5 task force members reported having ties to Big Pharma – and that’s even after the APA required task force members to reveal their drug company connections following the publication of DSM-4 in 1994.
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