by Ethan A. Huff
June 06, 2013
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently released
the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders, also known as
DSM-5, which the psychiatric
profession will use as a guidebook to diagnose and treat mental
But as we have been saying for the past
several years with regards to its various drafts, the manual
erroneously reclassifies a host of normal human behaviors as
diseases, which will most assuredly lead to a wave of
over-medication across the country.
Many otherwise healthy individuals are already being inappropriately
medicated for diseases they do not actually have in accordance with
the guidelines of DSM-IV, which is the manual's previous release.
But as explained by Dr. Keith Ablow
in a recent piece for Fox News, there are at least 160 new
"disorders" listed in DSM-5 that are not actually disorders at
all, which means many more folks will be prescribed dangerous
antidepressants and even deadly antipsychotics for no legitimate
"This is the saddest moment in my
45-year career of studying, practicing and teaching psychiatry,"
wrote Dr. Allen Frances when DSM-5 was finally approved for
publication in its current flawed form.
Dr. Allen Frances used to chair
the APA task force responsible for creating DSM-IV.
"The Board of Trustees of the
American Psychiatric Association has given its final approval to
a deeply flawed DSM-5, containing many changes that seem clearly
unsafe and scientifically unsound."
"My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general
public - be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road
likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful
developed by Big Pharma to expand markets, boost profits
As you may recall, it was revealed from earlier drafts of DSM-5 that
many typical human behaviors and emotions would soon be recognized
by the psychiatric industry as mental illnesses in desperate need of
Normal feelings of sadness following the
loss of a loved one, for instance, would now be considered a
depressive emotional disorder, while children who throw temper
tantrums would be considered at high risk of developing bipolar
Virtually every thought, activity, emotion, feeling, and expression
of humanity, it turns out, would have some sort of disorder tacked
onto it in the new DSM-5, a disturbing fact that generated a
considerable amount of controversy not only among outside onlookers,
but also among those within the field of psychiatry. But
unfortunately, none of these concerns would ever be properly
addressed, as the final version of DSM-5 still contains these fake
The obvious reason for this is divulged by Dr. Ablow, who highlights
the fact that Big Pharma exerted heavy influence in the crafting of
Nearly half of all the DSM-5 task force
and working group members who came up with the ridiculous new
disease "binge eating disorder" had financial ties to pharmaceutical
companies, it turns out.
And the same is true for those who
developed the new disorder "minor neurocognitive impairment," which
basically just describes occasional forgetfulness as it accompanies
old age - an astounding 89 percent of DSM-5 task force and working
group members who came up with this phony disease received payments
from drug companies.
"This should be - but probably will
not be - the last Diagnostic and Statistical Manual from the
American Psychiatric Association, because the APA has lost its
credibility as an organization able to accurately describe what
patients suffer from and how psychiatrists actually heal
people," writes Dr. Ablow.
"We in psychiatry need an honest,
accurate diagnostic manual - and we don't have one."