This call for correction of DSM-5 is one of a series of PsychologyToday.com blogs by Allen Frances, MD.
DSM-5 is the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnositc and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to be used as a guide by mental health professionals as of May 2013.
Dr. Frances Has a Deep Understanding of the Risks of DSM-5’s Misapplication
He was chair of the DSM-4 Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He is currently professor emeritus at Duke.
Your Hits on His Post Can Send It Viral
We are publishing the first part of Dr. Frances’ blog with a jump to the full article on PsychologyToday.com – in hopes that it will go viral. If it gets thousands of hits Dr. Frances can use this as evidence of opposition, to pressure DSM-5 to reconsider “wording that could tag an unnecessary mental disorder on millions of people suffering from medical illnesses” such as ME/CFS.
Mislabeling Medical Illness as Mental Disorder
The eleventh DSM 5 mistake needs an eleventh hour correction
Published Dec 8, 2012 by Allen J Frances, MD
Many readers of my previous blog listing the ten worst suggestions in DSM 5 were shocked that I failed to mention an eleventh dangerous mistake – that DSM 5 will harm people who are medically ill by mislabeling their medical problems as mental disorder. They are absolutely right. I apologize for my previous failure to attend to this danger and hope it is not now too late to influence the process.
Adding to the woes of the medically ill could be one of the biggest problems caused by DSM 5. It will do this in two ways:
1. By encouraging a quick jump to the erroneous conclusion that someone’s physical symptoms are ‘all in the head’; and
2. By mislabeling as mental disorders what are really just the normal emotional reactions that people understandably have in response to a medical illness.
Read more (and comment, like & tweet it) HERE: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress.