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Please see this link for a letter from the President of the American Counseling Association regarding proposed draft revisions to the DSM V: ACA letter to the Chair of the DSM-V Task Force
Psychdiagnosis.net - website about bias in psychiatric diagnosis, including stories about people harmed in a variety of ways by receiving such a diagnosis and six kinds of solutions to problems resulting from psychiatric labeling
Read the "Science isn't Golden" blog here for recent info & and opinion.
Topics include the lack of openness in DSM-5 process (firsthand report of a conference call Dr. Caplan was on with
DSM-5 heads) and the pathologizing of war veterans, with many more topics in the coming weeks and months.
Key Articles by AWP Bias in Dx Committee Members
Anorexia Nervosa and the DSM
Borderline Personality Disorder: The Disparagement of Women through Diagnosis
Female Sexual Dysfunction Diagnoses
Gender Interrupted: Controversy and Concerns about Gender Identity Disorder (GID)
Should Obesity Be Called a Mental Illness?
Problems with Parental Alienation Syndrome
Racial Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis
Serotonin Drug for Low Desire in Premenopausal Women
Social Class and Classism in Psychiatric Diagnosis
AWP member Lisa Cosgrove's important article on conflicts of interest due to DSM authors' ties to drug companies
Links to Additional Articles
War over Addiction: Evaluating the DSM, by Stanton Peele, February 2010
Important New Scientist article about problems in the preparation for DSM-V (logon required)
Hagar Cohen's piece about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and other labels related to the DSM on the ABC radio network in Australia
The Journal of Mental Health series of articles that include critiques of DSM-V
Near the top of each page the words "next article" will take you to the next article in the series.
NPR's Alix Spiegel pieces with critique of some DSM-V proposals, on grief, and "sex addiction"
A striking number of articles by the chief coordinators or other major figures of previous DSM editions have appeared and are composed of trenchant critiques of both previous editions and the process being used to prepare the forthcoming DSM-V. Below is a partial list. These critiques include both very specific, detailed concerns and sweeping, general ones. It is worth noting that most or all of the points the authors of the articles below are making have been made previously -- some as long ago as 1985 -- by early critics of psychiatric diagnosis, including but not limited to feminist ones. (See the book Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis, an AWP project, for many of these critiques and references to many more.)
DSM-IV editor Allen Frances expresses serious concern that the manual's next edition will take psychiatry "off a cliff."