The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is being released this month amid great controversy, with many in the field questioning whether psychiatry’s main diagnostic guide needs an overhaul, or to be completely abandoned. Some argue that it’s time to start from scratch and create a new system for diagnosing mental illness based on biological data. Others say that the manual turns too many aspects of normal life, such as grief, into medical conditions and that it’s time to look more closely at the social dimensions of psychiatric disorders, such as our relationships with friends and family.
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Frank Farley, Ph.D from Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, England, is former President of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Humanistic Psychology, is a AAAS Fellow, and is L.H.Carnell Professor at Temple University. He co-chairs a new committee that has launched an international on-line/on-going "summit" to develop an alternative to existing diagnostic systems.
William W. Eaton, PhD, serves as Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professor and Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Eaton’s research concerns risk factors, incidence, and natural history of mental disorders.
Allen Frances was the chairperson of the DSM-IV Task Force, a former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine, and is the author of two new books: Saving Normal and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Responding to the Challenge of DSM-5.