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Entries by Allen Frances from 03/2012

Attention Deficit Disorder Is Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living

ADD has clearly become a public health problem. It is much less clear the degree to which the increased rates are real vs. being a manufactured fad. We have no definitive way to give precise weights to the three options or to determine what is the true rate of ADD.

Taming the ADD Epidemic

| Posted 03.09.2012 | Healthy Living

Martin Whitely offers a proven public health cure for this false "epidemic" of diagnosis and treatment, one that has already worked wonders in his native state of Western Australia.

Predicting Psychosis Risk Is Pretty Risky

| Posted 03.10.2012 | Science

Originally called 'psychosis risk,' it is now repackaged more modestly as 'attenuated psychotic symptoms.' However named or renamed, this is a dangerous idea with little benefit and extremely risky, unintended consequences.

Am I a Dangerous Man?

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Science

My motivation for taking on this unpleasant task is simple: to prevent DSM 5 from promoting a general diagnostic inflation that will result in the mislabeling of millions of people as mentally disordered.

A Turning Point for DSM 5: Will the APA Trustees Finally Step Up to the Plate?

| Posted 03.23.2012 | Science

Psychiatry is an essential and wonderful profession that deserves much better leadership than it has so far received throughout the DSM 5 fiasco. It has come down to a now-or-never moment for the leaders of APA to finally come to plate and curb obvious DSM 5 excess.

Do We All Have Behavioral Addictions?

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living

The relentless march to medicalize normality out of existence is opening a new and especially ridiculous front. The DSM-5 suggests providing a new section for "behavioral addictions."