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When doctors disagree with each other, they usually couch their criticisms in careful, measured language. In the past few months, however, open conflict has broken out among the upper echelons of US psychiatry. The focus of discord is a volume called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which psychiatrists turn to when diagnosing the distressed individuals who turn up at their offices seeking help. Regularly referred to as the profession's bible, the DSM is in the midst of a major rewrite, and feelings are running high.
Two eminent retired psychiatrists are wa
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Originally posted by TaraLou
I do not trust psychiatrists because I believe a lot of them are mentally unbalanced and that is why they were attracted to psychiatry in the first place.
Originally posted by eradown
It is not the crazy psychiatrists that scare me; the greedy ,power hungry pshychiatrists scare me. The drugs prescribed are addictive ; the changes in dosages can cause people to suffer with drawel effects. Psychiatrists are a step below drug dealers ,because drug dealers can not legally force clients to take drugs.