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The Upcoming DSM-5 And It's 10 Worst Changes

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Many millions of people with normal grief, gluttony, distractibility, worries, reactions to stress, the temper tantrums of childhood, the forgetting of old age, and 'behavioral addictions' will soon be mislabeled as psychiatrically sick.

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Kenneth L (314)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:44 pm
Dr. Allen Frances is the past Chairman of the Task Force for the current DSM4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), commonly known as 'the Bible' of Psychiatry.
The next edition, the DSM5, is due out in May 2013.
It is what will be used to diagnose the public for mental illness, mental disease, mental disorders, by psychiatrists and family doctors.
Remember, there is not a SINGLE objective clinical test used to diagnose any psychiatric mental disorder of any kind whatsoever.

"This is the saddest moment in my 45 year career of studying, practicing, and teaching Psychiatry. The Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association has given its final approval to a deeply flawed DSM-5 containing many changes that seem clearly unsafe and scientifically unsound".

"Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder---DSM-5 will turn temper tantrums into a mental disorder"

"Normal grief will become Major Depressive Disorder, thus medicalizing and trivializing our expectable and necessary emotional reactions to the loss of a loved one and substituting pills and superficial medical rituals for the deep consolations of family, friends, religion, and the resiliency that comes with time and the acceptance of the limitations of life"

"The everyday forgetting characteristic of old age will now be misdiagnosed as Minor Neurocognitive Disorder, creating a huge false positive population of people who are not at special risk for dementia. Since there is no effective treatment for this 'condition' (or for dementia), the label provides absolutely no benefit (while creating great anxiety) even for those at true risk for later developing dementia. It is a dead loss for the many who will be mislabeled"

"DSM-5 will likely trigger a fad of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder leading to widespread misuse of stimulant drugs for performance enhancement and recreation and contributing to the already large illegal secondary market in diverted prescription drugs"

"Excessive eating 12 times in 3 months is no longer just a manifestation of gluttony and the easy availability of really great tasting food. DSM-5 has instead turned it into a psychiatric illness called Binge Eating Disorder"

"First time substance abusers will be lumped in definitionally in with hard-core addicts despite their very different treatment needs and prognosis and the stigma this will cause"

"DSM-5 has created a slippery slope by introducing the concept of Behavioral Addictions that eventually can spread to make a mental disorder of everything we like to do a lot. Watch out for careless overdiagnosis of Internet and sex addiction and the development of lucrative treatment programs to exploit these new markets"

"DSM-5 obscures the already fuzzy boundary been Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the worries of everyday life. Small changes in definition can create millions of anxious new 'patients' and expand the already widespread practice of inappropriately prescribing addicting anti-anxiety medications"

"DSM-5 has opened the gate even further to the already existing problem of misdiagnosis of PTSD in forensic settings"

.“There are no objective tests in Psychiatry---no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.” Dr. Allen Frances, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry


Kenneth L (314)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:56 pm
One question might be---how did the field of Psychiatry get so powerful that it makes proclamations on all human mentality and creates 374 labels for them (currently) and then advises people to take drugs for what they think or feel? Without a single objective scientific test? All government sanctioned and backed? Who are they accountable to? No one.

Kathy B (106)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:33 pm
And what disorder do us activists suffer from?

Mary T (178)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:36 pm
Thanks Kenneth, I guess we all must be crazy, Take a pill that will work wonders or will kill you.

Naoko i (264)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:49 pm
Cannot send you a Green Star yet, Kenneth. I guess I might have been a kid with a bit of problems and glad the time was not yet to label me with developmentall disorder. (Well, I was just a bit "too shy," but nobody believes now that I was such a quiet kid with no friend)

Nicole W (646)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 4:39 am
wondering what my label is. thank you Kenneth!

Carol H (229)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:12 am
noted, thank you Kenneth

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:00 am
Please sign the petition by Elizabeth S. here:

Natalie V (27)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:47 pm

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 3:47 pm
Thank you, Kenneth for this. I also signed the petition that Elizabeth put out there for us to sign. I read the article, and it seems like we are headed for a generation of more OHI's in the realm of classifying our students with disabilities. I hope that when a child is reviewed annually at the ARD, the whole picture is put out there so that the student (and parents/guardians) can go over the diagnosis carefully and do what's good for the child. We shall see how this is received when the DSM comes out...Thanks again, Kenneth for this. Bookmarked it, and passing on to others.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 4:21 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kenneth. It seems with states "legalizing" cannabis now, the shrinks need to label more "disorders" to hawk their chemicals.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:55 pm

Suzanne L (99)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:05 pm
Noted. DSM's have always been controversial.

Robert O (12)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:48 am

paul m (93)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:54 am

Thanks for .....

Anton Macio Madison Sr. (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 6:24 am
Thanks Noted

Patricia H. (440)
Monday December 31, 2012, 6:37 am

Margrit S (1)
Monday December 31, 2012, 8:11 am
I also find many of the new labels scary. But this is not limited to psychiatric disorders, There are many 'syndromes' around for which there is no one 'objective' test.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:11 pm
Yes Margrit but there's a big difference. Medical doctors practicing in the field of medicine and medical science have objective clinical tests to prove the VAST MAJORITY of real medical diseases. The exact opposite is true with Psychiatry. The vast majority, or even the entirety of their diagnoses have NO objective tests to prove, key word prove, that a person has some psychiatric 'mental disease/illness'. Complete opposite. Just theories and subjective evaluation. Many professionals call Psychiatry a belief system, not a science.

Susan N (34)
Monday December 31, 2012, 7:05 pm
Scary ...!

Decobecq B (9)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:56 pm

Thank you for this information !

Very useful !


Carlene V (202)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 6:10 am
Coming up with a new diagnosis for every thing that happens in life makes no sense. Surely we all have issues and many can be dealt with without a lifetime use of mind altering drugs.

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:43 pm
I try to keep my medicine cabinet for toothpaste and shaving cream only. A drug free house is one I attempt to maintain.

Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:33 am
Maybe, it would be healthier with another approach??? I do not beleive medicin is the answer to everything. Thanks Kenneth for sharing

GLOWIS s (29)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thanks for the info :)
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