NPR’s Marketplace covers the DSM-5’s rollout, with Allen Frances noting that “financial pressures – like dwindling membership – are forcing the APA to treat the DSM like a cash cow, not a public trust”, and psychiatrist (and MIA blogger) Sandra Steingard commenting that she has advised her agency against buying it. Regardless, Marketplace notes, the APA already has more than $150 million in pre-orders.
People who are supposed to be helping the mentally ill are buying that book, which offers no real way to help anybody at all. With the money they spend on just that one stupid book, they could have truly helped countless numbers of people. These are truly insane times.
But, of course, nobody in that industry is truly intending to help anybody at all. That’s just what they tell themselves to be able to sleep at night. People go to work every day with the intention of making money, and providing “help” services are really just another job.
#8 on the best seller list! That is horrifying! The APA is another powerful corporation no different than the big pharmaceuticals.