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Dsm 5 Petition

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.

Spitzer Recants: Why Can't APA Admit Mistakes and Correct Them

Allen Frances | Posted 05.26.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

If a legendary figure like Bob Spitzer can correct his mistakes, surely the American Psychiatric Association can do the same -- for the sake of protecting our patients and keeping the mental health field united.

Is Government Intervention Needed to Prevent an Unsafe DSM 5?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

APA has failed to provide appropriate governance. Government intervention may turn out to be the only hope to prevent massive misdiagnosis and all its harmful, unintended consequences.

DSM 5 Freezes Out Its Stakeholders

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Scary news. The Chair of the DSM 5 Task Force, Dr. David Kupfer, has indicated that 90 percent of the decisions on DSM 5 have already been made. Why so scary? DSM 5 proposes a radical redefinition of the boundary between mental disorder and normality.

Can the Press Save DSM 5 from Itself?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Will the unfavorable press result in a more favorable DSM 5 outcome? We must hope so, because so few other corrective options are available. DSM 5 remains steadfast and rigid in its support of really bad proposals with extremely dangerous unintended public health consequences.