Allen Frances, chairman of the DSM-IV task force, writes about “the fads that litter the history of psychiatry” in the New York Post today. “We have a strong urge to find labels for disturbing behaviors,” he writes, “naming things gives us an (often false) feeling that we control them. So, time and again, an obscure diagnosis suddenly comes out of nowhere to achieve great popularity.”
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