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Statement of Concern About the Reliability, Validity and Safety of DSM-5

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We, the undersigned, are concerned that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5):

Includes many diagnostic categories with questionable reliability, which may lead to misleading assumptions about their scientific validity;Did not receive a much-needed and widely requested external scientific review;May compromise patient safety through the implementation of lowered diagnostic thresholds and the introduction of new diagnostic categories that do not have sufficient empirical backing;Is the result of a process that gives the impression of putting institutional needs ahead of public welfare.

… and, because of the above, we are concerned that DSM-5:

May result in the mislabeling of mental illness in people who would fare better without a psychiatric diagnosis;May result in unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment with psychiatric medication;May divert precious mental health resources away from those who most need them.

What, then, do we recommend?

These concerns shouldbe resolved through concerted, interprofessional, international dialogue and scientific research.

See full Statement of Concern at dsm5response.com

Sponsor

Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association

Links

International DSM-5 Response Committee, Division 32 of APA--Society for Humanistic Psychology

Division 32 of APA--Society for Humanistic Psychology
  • Daniel W Matthews
    Daniel W Matthews United States, Kerrville
    Dec 28, 2014
    Dec 28, 2014
    I'm done with my psychiatric diagnoses
  • Daniel W Matthews
    Dec 28, 2014
    Dec 28, 2014
    I'm done with my psychiatric diagnoses
  • Jule
    Jule United States, El Paso
    Oct 29, 2014
    Oct 29, 2014
    Agree, expedited diagnosis is not the answer
  • Tina Hahn
    Tina Hahn United States, Flint
    May 11, 2014
    May 11, 2014
    Overselling dangerous drugs to children is making my job of reducing childhood obesity impossible and these drugs are dangerous in children and are overused in poor children and those in foster care. Especially those in foster care would be better served with developmental trauma disorder their real diagnosis
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