Dr. Keith Ablow, who resigned from the APA in protest “some time ago,” criticizes the unscientific and arbitrary process by which diagnoses are generated for the APA’s “big seller (and huge profit center)” the DSM. “This would be really funny, it it weren’t really dangerous,” he says, “The DSM-V will be used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians who may think that they are understanding their patients better … But those labels aren’t driven just by science, but by political, economic and commercial forces within the American Psychiatric Association that may have nothing to do with the wellbeing of patients – or with reality.”
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