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The Resource Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances

Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances

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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
Title
Saving normal
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an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life
Statement of responsibility
Allen Frances
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
In this book the author, a psychiatrist, makes a critique of the widespread medicalization of normality. He argues that the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders threatens to destroy what is considered normal and that grief, sorrow, stress, disappointment, and other feelings are part of life, not a psychiatric disease. Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. These challenges are a normal part of being human, and they should not be treated as psychiatric disease. However, today millions of people who are really no more than "worried well" are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and are receiving unnecessary treatment. Here the author warns that mislabeling everyday problems as mental illness has shocking implications for individuals and society: stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, misallocation of medical resources, and draining of the budgets of families and the nation. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient and self-healing brains, which have kept us sane for hundreds of thousands of years, and into the hands of "Big Pharma," who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits. He cautions that the new edition of the "bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5), will turn our current diagnostic inflation into hyperinflation by converting millions of "normal" people into "mental patients." Alarmingly, in DSM-5, normal grief will become "Major Depressive Disorder"; the forgetting seen in old age is "Mild Neurocognitive Disorder"; temper tantrums are "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder"; worrying about a medical illness is "Somatic Symptom Disorder"; gluttony is "Binge Eating Disorder"; and most of us will qualify for adult "Attention Deficit Disorder." What's more, all of these newly invented conditions will worsen the cruel paradox of the mental health industry: those who desperately need psychiatric help are left shamefully neglected, while the "worried well" are given the bulk of the treatment, often at their own detriment. Charting the history of psychiatric fads throughout history, the author argues that whenever we arbitrarily label another aspect of the human condition a "disease," we further chip away at our human adaptability and diversity, dulling the full palette of what is normal and losing something fundamental of ourselves in the process.-- From book jacket
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1942-
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Frances, Allen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC469
LC item number
.F696 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Mental illness
  • Mental illness
  • Psychiatry
Label
Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-314) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Normality under siege : What's normal and what's not? -- From shaman to shrink -- Diagnostic inflation -- Part II. Psychiatric fads can be bad for your health : Fads of the past -- Fads of the present -- Fads of the future -- Part III. Getting back to mormal :Taming diagnostic inflation -- The smart consumer -- The worst and the best of psychiatry
Control code
ocn857966790
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First William Morrow paperback edition.
Extent
xx, 324 pages
Isbn
9780062229267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857966790
Label
Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-314) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Normality under siege : What's normal and what's not? -- From shaman to shrink -- Diagnostic inflation -- Part II. Psychiatric fads can be bad for your health : Fads of the past -- Fads of the present -- Fads of the future -- Part III. Getting back to mormal :Taming diagnostic inflation -- The smart consumer -- The worst and the best of psychiatry
Control code
ocn857966790
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First William Morrow paperback edition.
Extent
xx, 324 pages
Isbn
9780062229267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857966790

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