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Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life

Author: Allen Frances
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book the author, a psychiatrist, makes a critique of the widespread medicalization of normality. He argues that the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders threatens to destroy what is considered normal and that grief, sorrow, stress, disappointment, and other feelings are part of life, not a psychiatric disease. Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Frances
ISBN: 9780062229250 0062229257
OCLC Number: 813929684
Description: xx, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: What's normal and what's not? --
From shaman to shrink --
Diagnostic inflation --
Fads of the past --
Fads of the present --
Fads of the future --
. Taming diagnostic inflation --
The smart consumer --
The worst and the best of psychiatry.
Responsibility: Allen Frances, M.D.

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In the wake of a new edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" ("DSM" 5 for short), Frances argues that "DSM" 5 offers a radical and reckless set of proposals that will  Read more...

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