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The Guardian – Psychologists fear US manual will widen mental illness diagnosis

February 10, 2012

The Guardian has an article about professional resistance to the publication of DSM-5

Psychiatrists and psychologists in the UK are speaking out against the publishing of DSM-5, an updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that categorises every type of mental disorder, including some that the psychologists say should not exist.

A petition condemning the new manual circulated by psychologists in theUnited States attracted 11,000 signatures. Its predecessor, DSM-4, is used in research worldwide, and has an influence, for example, in naming conditions that pharmaceutical companies devise drugs to treat.


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