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Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by [Frances, Allen]
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*Starred Review* The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), produced by the American Psychiatric Association, is considered the bible of psychiatry. It establishes the border between normalcy and mental disorder. Despite its usefulness, one prominent psychiatrist laments that the DSM has become too influential. The definition of normal seems to be steadily shrinking. Frances served as head of the task force that issued the fourth DSM. He worries that the new DSM-5 (which cost $25 million to produce) will further inflate psychiatric diagnosis, resulting in additional overmedication. Already, 20 percent of American adults take one drug or more for a psychiatric condition. About 11 percent of adults used antidepressants in 2010. And prescriptions for antipsychotic medicines have doubled in a decade. Frances frets that the DSM-5 will spawn faddish diagnoses—much like its predecessor, which created false epidemics of attention deficit, autism, and childhood bipolar disorder. This time around, look out for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, which morphs temper tantrums into a mental illness, and Minor Neurocognitive Disorder, which turns the forgetfulness of aging into a mental disorder. With ­Solomon-like wisdom, Frances justly doles out blame and offers reasonable remedies. His decree: don’t medicalize human difference; celebrate it. --Tony Miksanek

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“Frances delves deeply into the history of mental illness, makes his arguements crisply, and has good personal stories to tell. He’s articulate and learned. ... He’s in favor of not medicating, and thus muffling, all the offbeat pain and beauty out of existance. ... [A] piece of intellectual skywriting.” (Dwight Garner, New York Times)

“An extraordinarily candid and important book. Allen Frances has written a fascinating account of the apparent explosion in psychiatric disorders in the United States. (MARCIA ANGELL, M. D., Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and former Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine)

Saving Normal is a riveting and important book, written with great flair and precise passion. This is a book every psychiatrist, every general practitioner, every student swallowing meds--in fact everyone--needs to read.” (Dr. LISA APPIGNANESI, Chair of the Freud Museum, London, and author of Mad, Bad and Sad)

“Frances is largely credited with spearheading the anti-DSM-5 efforts.” (CNN.com)

Saving Normal is a clear, convincing, and essential discussion of the twin epidemics facing modern psychiatry: under-treatment of the truly ill and overtreatment of the basically well. It holds immense potential to improve patients’ lives.” (JOSH BAZELL, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Beat the Reaper: A Novel)

“Few are as well-equipped as Frances to map the dynamic field of psychiatry, and his rendering of its shifting contours is timely, crucial, and insightful--as are his solutions for navigating it.” (Publishers Weekly)

“With Solomon-like wisdom, Frances justly doles out blame and offers reasonable remedies. His decree: don’t medicalize human difference; celebrate it.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A valuable assessment. ... A no-holds-barred critique.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“An indispensable guide for professional and lay readers” (Library Journal)

“Allen Frances’s book is fascinating. ... Entertaining.” (Metapsychology)

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  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NFMITE
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