Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, has this to say about the American Psychiatric Association and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals committees who decide the names of disorders, the reclassification of disorders, and if any particular psychiatric mental health issue should be included in the manual.
“The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is in danger of losing the little credibility it still enjoys.
The organization is chasing medical insurance company reimbursement money by empowering “working groups” to invent whole new diagnoses by committee.
This is bad form for an association of professionals whose life work is supposed to be pursuit of the truth. And it comes at the worst time: When Americans have about had it with ploys to pump up revenues and profit from the public till.
According to sources familiar with the content of the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V—under development by the APA and slated for publication this year—people who are grieving and people who are shy will be labeled with “disorders.” So, too, will some people who rape children or adults. Hoarders—who, heretofore, might have qualified for obsessive-compulsive disorder—may get their own special diagnosis, too. …
“This unhealthy contamination of science by economics has a long tradition at the American Psychiatric Association. …partly a scheme to wrench the rich tradition of understanding and healing people’s psyches into the dictates of medical model billing.
The more diagnoses, the better. Everyone gets one. Everyone gets billed. Everyone leaves with a prescription. …
…it also plays political/cultural favorites with its diagnostic manual.
…I object to a medical specialty playing it so loose with both science and the human spirit. And since it happens to be my medical specialty, I take special offense. …
Dr. Ablow is the author of “Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony.” He is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at email@example.com. His team of Life Coaches can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at email@example.com