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Can Congress Cure the Disorder in Mental Health?

Allen Frances | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

This past month has been disastrous for mental health. One embarrassment has followed another -- leading to a crisis of confidence that is potentially dangerous for those who rely on psychiatric care.

WATCH: Can Racism Cause PTSD?

Posted 05.30.2013 | Black Voices

There are several factors that are traditionally considered to bring about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But one potential cause is being con...

Is Criticism of DSM-5 'Anti-psychiatry'?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The latest in APA's fluffy public relations has come from the president of the American Psychiatric Association. He has made two astounding claims -- that criticism of DSM-5 is somehow equivalent to criticism of psychiatry and that it signifies stigma against mental illness.

The Healthy Debate About Mental Health

Jordan Smoller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Smoller

The most contentious debates circling the DSM-5 process are all tied to the fundamental question of how we define the boundaries of disorder and the lines between normal and abnormal.

DSM-5 Finally Unveiled

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, May 15 (Reuters) - The long-awaited, controversial new edition of the bible of psychiatry can be characteri...

NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

Allen Frances | Posted 07.10.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The flat out rejection of DSM-5 by National Institute of Mental Health is a sad moment for mental health and an unsafe one for our patients. The APA and NIMH are both letting us down, failing to be safe custodians for the mental health needs of our country.

What's Normal? What's Not?

Allen Frances | Posted 06.01.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

No bright line marks the boundary between illness and health. At the extremes it is easy to diagnose mental illness accurately and to distinguish it from normality. At the fuzzy border, it is impossible.