Psychiatric guidelines under attack – driven by drug companies

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http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/DSM-5/39232 

DSM-IV Boss Presses Attack on New Revision

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By John Gever, Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today

Published: May 17, 2013

A new edition of psychiatry’s diagnostic guide “will probably lead to substantial false-positive rates and unnecessary treatment,” charged the man who led development of the last version.

To be released this weekend at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, “introduce[s] several high-prevalence diagnoses at the fuzzy boundary with normality,” according to Allen Frances, MD, who chaired the task force responsible for DSM-IV issued in 1994.

Frances, now an emeritus professor at DukeUniversity, wrote online in Annals of Internal Medicinethat changes from DSM-IV will apply disease labels to individuals who may be unhappy or offensive but still normal. Such individuals would include those experiencing “the forgetfulness of old age” as well as children with severe, chronic temper tantrums and individuals with physical symptoms with no medical explanation.

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