Psychiatric manual goes over the top

  • Article by: ALLEN FRANCES
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 9:14 PM

When everything is treated as a disease, costs rise for everyone.

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sausageDec. 28, 12 7:17 PM

These new definitions are nothing short of quackery. It will just show the area of psychiatry as (just what it is) snake oil. Credibility is important to a non-distinct science as psychiatry. The public will not benefit and the real ill will suffer. Over medication is not pleasant--even to the fakers.

ranger78Dec. 28, 12 7:35 PM

Let's be honest. Psychiatry is mostly quackery. They can't tell us when someone is "healed." They keep adding their diagnoses to their play book. The honest truth is, we need more personal responsibility and less psychiatric work. All this adding to the play book does is create excuses for people to whine, misbehave and blame anyone other then themselves.

mandansmomDec. 28, 12 7:35 PM

Dr. Frances raises important points that go beyond the mental health world. Americans have come to expect a treatment for each and every discomfort associated with living. If one has pain, there must be a pill for that, be it physical or emotional. We've lost all our sense of "normal". Whether its day care providers who insist on antibiotics for colds, parents of teens who insist on medications for their children feeling sleepy, having headaches, tummy aches, or average grades, couples who don't get pregnant in a set amount of time, or elders who wish they had more energy or could remember better, we've over-medicalized life. People bemoan and even prosecute unforeseen side affects from pills, but line up to try the newest and greatest. And then we wonder why our health care system is so expensive. Crazy nation.

goferfanzDec. 28, 12 7:41 PM

What a great column. What great insights. One word: Amen.

smarterthanuDec. 28, 12 7:43 PM

You have to give them credit for removing "aspergers syndrome". Who knows how much time and money has been wasted on a mere character defect.

swans999Dec. 28, 12 7:46 PM

I have "fiscal cliff disorder" as I find myself watching cable news at least three times a day!

falcon1681Dec. 28, 12 8:00 PM

Another example of why our medical system in this country is broken. Even as we struggle to bring costs down, they create new, trumped up illnesses to raise them.

mrburns2Dec. 28, 12 8:27 PM

Wow, guess no one who commented so far has known someone that has benefited from a good diagnosis and associated drugs to go along with it. Not saying the new DSM-5 is perfect or anything, but clearly no one on here has had that experience. I know a few close friends that have made substantial improvements in their lifestyles with proper treatment from a good psychiatrist.

shushyn78Dec. 28, 12 8:35 PM

This is frightening in its scope. With Obamacare just around the corner, the additional costs will overrun the system. We are already beyond our ability to pay. Very ominous days ahead.

sausageDec. 28, 12 8:42 PM

mrburns2 : You speak without knowledge! I know someone--ME! I was initially misdiagnosed and drugged to a point of being a vegetable. Then I connected with a good psychiatrist and psychologist and began to heal without the big bullets. I am now chem free and thinking clearly. Walk a mile in my shoes and you would freak out! Happy New Year.


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