The British Psychological Society has “serious concerns about many aspects of the framework. In our response we have argued that the categorical framework of DSM-V is flawed in that it fails to take account of the evidence for the dimensional spectrum of psychiatric symptoms such as low mood, hearing voices, unusual beliefs etc in the general population. We have also highlighted significant concerns about lowering of diagnositic thresholds and the validity ‘catch all’ diagnostic categoroies that exist within DSM-V such as ‘ADHD not elsewhere classified’, which we are concerned have poor inter rater reliability. We are concerned that both of these aspects lead to the risk of overdiagnosis and thereby potentially unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment with medication.”
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