Gerry Canavan

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The insurgency against the DSM-5 (the APA has decided to shed the Roman numerals) has now spread far beyond just Allen Frances. Psychiatrists at the top of their specialties, clinicians at prominent hospitals, and even some contributors to the new edition have expressed deep reservations about it. Dissidents complain that the revision process is in disarray and that the preliminary results, made public for the first time in February 2010, are filled with potential clinical and public relations nightmares. Although most of the dissenters are squeamish about making their concerns public—especially because of a surprisingly restrictive nondisclosure agreement that all insiders were required to sign—they are becoming increasingly restive, and some are beginning to agree with Frances that public pressure may be the only way to derail a train that he fears will “take psychiatry off a cliff.” If you’re interested, there’s also a classic This American Life on the fight over removing homosexuality from the DSM-IV. Via MetaFilter.

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January 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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  1. thanks for posting this — am curious to look through the new version. many of the changes from II to III were a result of the civil rights movement (in many ways, and not necessarily positive); will be interested to see the kinds of social pressures that have made their way into this version.


    January 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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