Thursday, April 05, 2007

Psychiatric Manual Under Fire

After years of CCHR hammering the media, state and federal legislators and the public with information about the fraudulent and unscientific nature of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychiatrists themselves are finally conceding that normal people are being diagnosed as “mentally ill” and that there are major problems with the diagnoses.
  • There have been articles in New York Times, Washington Post, Indianapolis Star, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and reports on ABC, CNN Cable and FOX National News about a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, which found that normal grieving reactions connected to unpleasant life experiences are similar to the psychiatric checklist for “depression,” and that there is often no clear distinction between those who are supposedly “disordered” and those who are “non-disordered.”
  • Lead author Jerome Wakefield and researcher Allan Horwitz said their study pointed out that sadness has increasingly come to be seen as pathological in the United States.
  • A Washington Post article on this story, entitled “Criteria for Depression Are Too Broad, Researchers Say: Guidelines May Encompass Many Who Are Just Sad,” cites Horwitz, who says that pharmaceutical companies, the psychiatric profession and patient advocacy groups have all contributed to the phenomenon of transforming normal sorrow into “depressive disorder”.
  • Horwitz said that companies stand to make more money from the one-size-fits-all approach, researchers find the cookie-cutter model of disease to make it easier to do studies, and psychiatry has come to think of itself as "the arbiter [judge] of normality," he said.
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