NIMH vs DSM-5: No One Wins, Patients Lose

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Allen Frances writes in the Huffington Post that “DSM-5 certainly deserves rejecting. It offers a reckless hodgepodge of new diagnoses that will misidentify normals and subject them to unnecessary treatment and stigma. The NIMH director may have hammered the nail in the DSM-5 coffin when he so harshly criticized its lack of validity. But the NIMH statement went very far overboard with its implied promise that it would soon find a better way of sorting, understanding, and treating mental disorders…  There are chortlings that DSM-5 is dead on arrival and will perhaps take psychiatry down along with it.”

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