Under new psychiatric guidebook we might all be labelled mad:
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Allen Frances has two published books critical of DSM-5: Saving Normal and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis
When I worked on the taskforce for DSM-4, we were very concerned about taming diagnostic inflation – but we only partly succeeded. Then four years ago, I became aware of the excessive enthusiasm around all the new diagnoses being proposed for DSM-5, including many that were untested. I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but I knew this would be disastrous for the millions of people who were likely to be mislabelled, stigmatised and given excessive treatment.
This weekend saw the release of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). The manual has been attracting controversy throughout its revision process, but critical voices reached fever pitch in the weeks leading up to its release.
Simon Wessely is a member of the ICD-11 Stress Disorders working party
DSM-5 has been described as the bible of psychiatry but the assumption that professionals use it for their own gain is far fetched. PA
Explainer: what is the DSM?
Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), School of Psychiatry at University of New South Wales