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JAN 11, 2013 - New Statesman

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The subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis

Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.This may be the year that makes you mad. A new psychiatrist’s bible will be published in May and already it’s mired in controversy. Many see it as a pretext for scandalous over-diagnosis and drug-pushing. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, has enormous influence in shaping the way mental health research is carried out worldwide. It was first published in 1952 and the most recent edition appeared in 2000. It has taken ... Read More

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