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Conclusive Proof ADHD Is Overdiagnosed

Allen Frances | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

There are 3 possible explanations for the  explosion of the ADHD diagnosis during the past 20 years -- with rates that have skyrocketed from only 3-5 percent of kids to 15 percent.

High Tech Medicine Can Be Bad for Your Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.28.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Too many doctors have gotten into the habit of treating lab tests, not patients. And doctors have become super-specialized, each one focusing only on one specific organ system and the specIfic meds used to treat it.

My Summary of a Great Conference: 'Preventing Overdiagnosis' 2015

Allen Frances | Posted 09.08.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Medical marvels are oversold and overbought. Doctors need to be more humble and safety-conscious. We can't overstep our knowlege base without putting our patients at risk. Patients and doctors need to accept the uncertainty and limits of medicine. False certainty leads to terrible decisions.

Leave It to Ritalin

Susanne Antonetta | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Susanne Antonetta

We did have Ritalin as a therapy for attentional problems in the 1960s; it simply wasn't dispensed as it is now. In the CDC's latest figures, 11 percent of all kids are diagnosed with ADHD, and a big chunk of those diagnoses were made before age six.

No Child Left Undiagnosed

Allen Frances | Posted 06.12.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Egged on by well meaning (and not so well meaning) experts and by greedy drug companies, we are fast approaching this dystopic wonderland of universal childhood mental illness.

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Is Back To Haunt Us

Allen Frances | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Preventing psychosis would be a great idea if we could really do it; but there is no reason to think we can. And reaching beyond our grasp is likely to harm those we hoped to help.

Back to Normal

Allen Frances | Posted 09.06.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Spend at least as much effort ensuring you have the right diagnosis as you would in buying a house. Become a fully informed consumer, ask lots of questions, and expect clear and convincing answers from any clinician.

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

Where Have All The Normals Gone?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Allen Frances

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are spending tens of billions of dollars plying the worried well with unnecessary and expensive drugs; while at the very same time ignoring the desperate needs of those who really could benefit from psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

DSM-5 Field Trials Discredit the American Psychiatric Association

Allen Frances | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 field trial fiasco and its attempted cover-up is more proof (if any were needed) that APA has lost its competence and credibility as custodian for DSM.

Psychiatric Mislabeling Is Bad for Your Mental Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Unfortunately, DSM 5 will make the current problems with mislabeling much worse. Its new proposals (with the possible exception of autism) all cast a wider diagnostic net that will lead to much looser and less accurate diagnosis.

Medical Specialists Will Try to Reduce Excessive Diagnostic Testing

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The new initiative by nine medical specialty groups to reduce unneeded diagnostic testing and treatment recognizes that many medical tests and procedures are not only wasteful, but also cause more harm than good.

Predicting Psychosis Risk Is Pretty Risky

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

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.

Taming the ADD Epidemic

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

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.

Attention Deficit Disorder Is Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

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.

An Invitation: Suspend All Diagnosing

Gangaji | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

You are cordially invited and sincerely encouraged to declare one day a diagnosis free day. (It's not as simple as it may sound.) During the period of twenty-four hours, diagnosis of any kind is denied admission into your evaluation of yourself and others.

Do You Suffer From Political Apathy Disorder?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dennis Palumbo

In our haste to understand the human condition, are we in a rush to plane off all the edges, quantify all the quirks, reduce all the contradictions that make up an individual's personality?

Happy Smiley Day

Charles Barber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Barber

You may not know it, but today, Friday October 3, 2008 is World Smile Day. And it arrives not a moment too soon, given our current anxieties and pre...