More on the Manual of Mental Illness (DSM) debate – great title but it does pose one of the real issues in terms of what is within the ‘normal’ range of personalities and behaviours, and what needs to be treated.
And a good collection of quotes from the debate:
Quote from Dr. Allen Frances:
“In fact, my criticisms of DSM 5 arise precisely from its obvious failure to be an impartial, meticulous, and consensus academic endeavor. DSM 5 has suffered from a fatal combination of excessive ambition, sloppy method, and closed process. It fully deserves the concerted opposition it has generated from forty-seven professional organizations, the world press, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the Lancet, and the general public.”
And his op-ed from the New York Times:
Psychiatric diagnosis is simply too important to be left exclusively in the hands of psychiatrists. They will always be an essential part of the mix but should no longer be permitted to call all the shots.