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Date:5/18/2013

imately helped them embrace life's challenges and integrate these experiences into their lives.

The stories take on even greater significance in light of the controversies surrounding the newest edition of the DSM, as international public and professional communities openly question the biomedical standard of care. Lucy Johnstone , member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Association says, "Traditionalists continue to claim that 'We're getting there – honestly!' In the meantime, the overwhelming amount of evidence for psychosocial causal factors (of distress) is once again relegated to a back seat." Even so, the NIMH's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and President Obama's BRAIN initiative have announced they will continue to look for solutions in biology –an approach that, despite decades of acknowledged failure, Insel proposes to be only "ten years away."

"Even the most painful struggles are part of the fabric of a meaningful life, not evidence of an illness," Open Paradigm producer PJ Moynihan explains. "These stories clearly reinforce that."

Lauren Spiro of Washington, D.C., said in her testimonial: "At 16, I was told that my brain was broken, and it was incurable. I felt like I would never be normal, that I would never have a life. So many people continue to be told this, and we have to stop it."

The Open Paradigm Project will launch in conjunction with a protest of the APA at the Moscone Center in San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. PT on May 19th via YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. For more information visit openparadigmproject.com

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