Criticism of the upcoming revision of the DSM has gone mainstream, with Forbes Magazine weighing in on the economics of medicalizing grief, and Fox News questioning the wisdom of calling shyness a disorder. Allen Frances, committee chair of the previous DSM revision, writes today about the radical expansion of pathology that the new revision represents, and its current revisers’ “freezing out” of criticism.
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