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Dsm 5 Criticism

The Crack-Up Book

Charles Barber | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science
Charles Barber

I tell my students, if you want to learn about depression, don't read the DSM. Read The Crack-Up. If you want to understand grief, read Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking.

My 12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We already had a crisis in psychiatric diagnosis before DSM-5. It is a sure sign of excess that 25 percent of us qualify for a mental disorder and that 20 percent are on psychiatric medication.

DSM-5 Writing Mistakes Will Cause Great Confusion

Allen Frances | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We were told prior to its publication that DSM-5 would be a 'living document' subject to correction. It turns out that this correction needs to begin right now -- DSM-5 in its current form is unacceptably imprecise and cries out for an immediate and thorough re-editing.

New Psychiatric Disorders and Their Social Side Effects

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Frankly, every new version of the manual (beginning with the first edition) has had its critics. It's always been viewed by some as "cookbook psychiatry" while others have found it immensely helpful in sorting through the myriad signs and symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.

The International Reaction to DSM-5

Allen Frances | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

I doubt DSM-5 will remain the international standard for research journals; it will almost certainly not gain any clinical following outside the U.S.; and it will also probably lose its role as the lingua franca of American psychiatry.

Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Case of Pharma Disease Mongering

Allen Frances | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

A clear lesson from history: Whenever a profit is to be made by twisting the DSM, it will be twisted. The DSM-5 will give drug companies running room to continue their disease mongering of female sexual disorders, hyping this DSM diagnosis as a means of pushing pills.

Mislabeling Medical Illness As Mental Disorder: The Eleventh DSM-5 Mistake

Allen Frances | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The golden rule: an underlying medical illness or medication side effect has to be ruled out before ever deciding that someone's symptoms are caused by mental disorder. And the underlying medical illness may take time to declare itself.

The New DSM Reaches the Finish Line

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.

You may have already heard our big news in psychiatry: The first major revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) since the mid-1990s has just been approved by American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees. And the new DSM-5 will be published in May.

DSM-5 Continues to Ignore Criticism From Petitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The petition to reform DSM 5 speaks with the powerful voice of more than 50 mental-health associations. It represents a significant percentage of the potential customers who eventually will have to decide whether or not DSM 5 is worth buying and using.

Am I a Dangerous Man?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

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.

The DSM 5 Follies, As Told in Its Own Words

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Nothing can illustrate how far DSM 5 has gone off track better than the words spoken in its defense by DSM 5 leadership. Here are the 10 most wrong-headed quotations, and I have annotated them with my own thoughts.