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Is Psychotherapy Becoming Overly Diagnostic?

Allen Frances On Why DSM-5’s New Diagnoses Are Problematic


One of the most note-worthy changes in the DSM-5 is the abundance of new diagnoses that are included in this new edition. Many DSM-5 critics worry that this is an indication of the reckless power that Big Pharma has over the psychotherapy industry; more diagnoses means more opportunities to choose medication over talk therapy, which is the road more and more practitioners are pressured into taking in order to be reimbursed.

Included in these critics is Allen Frances, who, as Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, is no stranger to the inner workings of the DSM. During the development of DSM-IV, he set very rigid standards for accepting new diagnoses in an effort to keep psychotherapy from becoming an overly diagnostic enterprise; a system that was successful and led to the addition of just two new diagnoses.

Watch the video below to hear Allen talk about the process he used in DSM-IV, and how limiting the addition of new diagnoses managed to both maintain the integrity of psychotherapy and leave the pharmaceutical companies unharmed.

This is just one of the major problems with the DSM-5 that Allen will discuss in our brand-new webcast series.

The Uproar Over DSM-5:
How The New Standards Affect Your Practice

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

Allen Frances on Saving Normal: Has Psychiatric Diagnosis Gotten Out of Control?
Learn why the head of the DSM-IV Task Force believes that “DSM-5 is a sad moment in the history of psychiatry.”

Martha Teater on Navigating the New DSM-5: Ten Ways It Will Impact Your Practice
Get a concise overview of the major revisions in DSM-5 by a presenter who has already trained 4,000 therapists in the new DSM system.

Darrel Regier on Answering the Critics: Inside the Decision-Making for DSM-5
Hear about the scientific rationale behind the major changes in the new DSM from the Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force.

Jack Klott on Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment Using DSM-5
Explore how DSM-5 can enhance your case conceptualization and understanding of your clients’ behavior.

Gary Greenberg on The Book of Woe: DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Take a look at the blend of hard science, institutional politics, public relations, and bureaucratic in-fighting that helped shape DSM-5.

David Mays on Beyond DSM-5: The Future of Treating Mental Disorders
Examine the latest developments in the field that will eventually lead to radical changes in the next edition of the DSM.

The Uproar Over DSM-5
New Series Begins This Wednesday

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