“The Allen Frances – Lucy Johnstone Debate”:


Dr. Philip Hickey does the play-by-play on Allen Frances’ interchange with Lucy Johnstone about prospective “overreaching” paradigm shifts in mental health. Johnstone, Frances fears, “would replace biological reductionism with a psychosocial reductionism that is equally incomplete.” However, according to Hickey, “DSM-5 is failing, not particularly because it sought a paradigm shift or because it continued the APA’s long-standing expansionist agenda, but because psychiatric concepts and practices generally are being exposed as spurious and destructive.”

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