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Overdiagnosis

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Washington, D.C. and the Race to Know When Not to Treat

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Gibson

Better screening tools are detecting more cancers. Women's lives have been saved. These same tools are identifying more cancers that won't result in any harm.

Reconciling Recovery and Psychiatry: Response to an Open Letter

Allen Frances | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The signers of a new open letter are concerned about excessive psychiatric treatment, excessive dosing, careless polypharmacy, and unnecessary hospitalizations. And so am I. But I am equally concerned about inadequate funding of mental health care and lack of access to treatment for people who need it.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

The Low-Tech Revolution to Health Care Reform

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

It took me a decade -- first as a caregiver to my mother, and then as a practicing physician and patient advocate -- to figure out that the story is absolutely fundamental to medical practice. Indeed, it can save your life.

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.

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.

Terrible News: DSM-5 Refuses to Reduce Overdiagnosis of 'Somatic Symptom Disorder'

Allen Frances | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The American Psychiatric Association has proven itself incompetent to produce a safe and scientifically sound diagnostic system. Psychiatric diagnosis has become too important in people's lives to be left in the hands of one small and insulated professional organization.

Are Tantrums A Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents

Naming a syndrome gives it power, which is why changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, are so closely watched. W...

DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM 5 assertion of rate neutrality is, just on the face of it, completely impossible. A simple comparison of how DSM IV and DSM 5 criteria are written makes apparent that DSM 5 has to be much more restrictive.

Don't Confuse Grief With Depression

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Grief is the normal and absolutely unavoidable price we must pay for having the capacity to love -- it is most certainly not a disease.

Preventive Psychiatry Can Be Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.