APA Attempts to Defend Itself by Allen Frances, MD

APA Attempts to Defend Itself

By Allen Frances, MD | December 5, 2011, Psychiatric Times

This blog is a follow-up to an earlier post. The great news is that there is an active public debate on DSM-5. The leadership of the American Counseling Association (ACA) recently sent a thoughtful letter to the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association(APA) that summarizes the most serious flaws in the DSM 5 and recommends the steps necessary to regain its lost credibility and earn the support of potential users. The letter has tremendous force because the ACA represents fully 20% of all the mental health professionals who will eventually  have to decide whether to use  DSM-5 (it is available at: http://www.counseling.org/Resources/pdfs/ACA_DSM-5_letter_11-11.pdf).

The APA’s response to ACA is long-winded, something of a classic (available at: http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/DOC001.pdf). The cloudy confusion in the APA response deserves more detailed deconstruction in later blogs—but for now, let’s maintain a tight focus on what is missing—5 straight answers to these 5 simple questions: …”

Concerned? You can help by signing the petition to reform DSM-5 at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dsm5/.

Follow the link above to read more.Retrieved 12/19/11.

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