posted on Dec, 29 2010 @ 11:09 PM
Those who have been following psychiatry for a while have undoubtedly heard a lot about their "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (DSM). And though
I am not an assiduous media watcher, I have never before heard mention of it in the public media.
In this All Things Considered story, reporter Alix Spiegel interviews Allen Frances, who edited the last edition of DSM, and is now thinking twice
about what he and others allowed into it.
Link to the story: www.npr.org...
The DSM contains a list of numeric codes and descriptions of "mental illnesses" that psychiatrists use to bill for services.
One example is a mild form of autism called "Asperger's Disorder." He says that he believes that children who were simply socially unskilled
started getting diagnosed with Asperger's to give doctors and schools access to funding that was only available to help autistic children.
Frances also believes that "...lots of people got way too much antipsychotic and mood stabilizing medicines" because of a change in the definition
of bipolar disorder. "And these aren't safe drugs."
Frances predicts that if the new DSM includes all changes that have been recommended, a huge number of new people will be categorized as mentally
This strategy of controlling people by labelling them mentally ill has been known about since at least the 1960's. I'm glad it's finally getting
some attention in the mainstream media.
See also ATS thread "Psychiatrists expose the fraud of psychiatry":