Diagnosis debate hotting up

Happy participantsBy Eileen McAtee

The release of the DSM V has sparked a flurry of critique about both the validity and the usefulness of psychiatric diagnosis.

In an  interview on Al Jazeera’s “Inside Story Americas”   recently Robert Whitaker commented  that a helpful diagnostic text must be both reliable and valid, and the DSM is neither.

Allen Frances, who is also  interviewed for the story, visited Wellington last year. Our blog about the diagnosis workshop held during his visit is available  here.

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