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A growing number of health experts suspect that psychiatric care is drifting toward “diagnostic inflation,” in which the rate of mental disorders balloons as a result of new diagnoses – and not due to an increasingly troubled population.” John Erickson, writer for Newsweek, looks into the DSM-5 and wonders whether recent changes to the DSM are due, at least in part, to the manual’s writers’ ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

In another article from Newsweek, Katie Baker examines the way colleges and universities respond to students with mental health issues and finds that “dozens of current or recent students at colleges and universities across the country – large and small, private and public …were punished for seeking help: kicked out of campus housing with nowhere else to go, abruptly forced to withdraw from school and even involuntarily committed to psychiatric wards.” An interesting (and disturbing) article, since often one of the worst things you can do to a student struggling with a mental health issue is to remove their support system and/or disrupt their established (and familiar) routines.

The scroll of permissible apps got a big addition last week when the NCAA announced that effective Aug. 1, most college coaches will be able to use Snapchat with prospective student athletes (football, cross country, swimming, and diving will still not be able to use it).” This is an interesting development, though I wonder how parents will feel about college recruiters having such ready (and theoretically evidence-proof *) access to their children.

* Snapchat works by automatically deleting images and texts after 1-10 seconds’ viewing time, but the deletion is easily circumvented by taking a screenshot of the message before it disappears.

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