Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Dsm-5, Big Pharma, And The Medica by Allen, M.d. FrancesSaving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Dsm-5, Big Pharma, And The Medica by Allen, M.d. Frances

Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Dsm-5, Big Pharma…

byAllen, M.d. Frances

Paperback | August 12, 2014

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A deeply fascinating and urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normality

Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. Today, however, millions of people who are really no more than "worried well" are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and receiving unnecessary treatment. In Saving Normal, Allen Frances, one of the world's most influential psychiatrists, explains why stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, the misallocation of medical resources, and the draining of the budgets of families and the nation. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient brains and into the hands of "Big Pharma," who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits. Frances cautions that the newest edition of the "bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5), is turning our current diagnostic inflation into hyperinflation by converting millions of "normal" people into "mental patients." Saving Normal is a call to all of us to reclaim the full measure of our humanity.

Allen Frances, M.D., was the chair-man of the DSM-IV Task Force and part of the leadership group forDSM-IIIandDSM-III-R. He is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine.
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Title:Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Dsm-5, Big Pharma…Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this book! Easy read even for people who are not specialized in psychology/psychiatry. The author has an uncommon perspective about the DSM-5. He is not afraid to voice his educated opinion against the latest DSM and he openly talks about mistakes in diagnosis criteria and over-medicalization caused by his mistakes in previous editions of the DSM. This book is extremely relevant especially in this era of over-medicating people for the benefit of pharmaceutical companies.
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“Authoritative. ... Valuable. ... This is a detailed, nicely constructed account by a highly qualified and well-connected psychiatrist with intimate knowledge of the process. The book is clearly written and surprisingly easy reading.”