“There are many practitioners, including psychiatrists, who wonder about the sanity and the soundness of the enterprise in general,” Gary Greenberg tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s RN radio network about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. RN interviews various experts in a report on how “practitioners across the world are in open revolt” against psychiatry, “demanding that the practice be brought into the modern world and be anchored not in conjecture but in contemporary science.”
“[C]ritics charge that treating people according to their mental health symptoms makes as much sense as a physician prescribing the same medication to everyone with chest pain, regardless of whether that pain is the result of heartburn, a simple muscle spasm or the beginnings of a massive myocardial infarction,” says RN in the introduction. “In other words, it makes no sense at all.’
RN provides the introductory article and links to the full radio broadcast and transcript.
Psychiatrists split on whether to ditch DSM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s RN, August 17, 2014)
Future directions for psychiatry – audio and transcript (Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s RN, August 17, 2014)