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Petition against DSM-5 is launched in Britain
A group of British mental health professionals has issued a statement of concern about the Reliability, Validity, and Safety of DSM-5. The publication of the statement is reported in The Times this morning (subscription required).
The concerns the professionals list are that DSM-5:
- includes many diagnostic categories with questionable reliability, which may lead to misleading assumptions about their scientific validity;
- did not receive a much-needed and widely requested external scientific review;
- may compromise patient safety through the implementation of lowered diagnostic thresholds and the introduction of new diagnostic categories that do not have sufficient empirical backing;
- may result in the mislabeling of mental illness in people who would fare better without a psychiatric diagnosis;
- may result in unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment, particularly with psychiatric medication;
- may divert precious mental health resources away from those who most need them.
The Stop the Insanity website, which publsishes the statement, also invites readers to sign a petition. This calls on clinicians, researchers, journal editors, healthcare planners, managers and commissioners, the pharmaceutical industry and the media to avoid use of DSM-5 wherever possible until these concerns have been resolved.
In December 2011 the British Psychological Society expressed its own concerns about DSM-5.
Our Division of Educational and Child Psychology are holding a one-day event on 'The medicalisation of Childhood: Time for a Paradigm Shift' on the 28 June 2013 in Manchester. Click here for the full details and to book.