Shrinks, critics face off over psychiatric manual

by Lindsey Tanner
This undated image shows the cover of the revised American Psychiatric Association's guidebook of mental disorders being released in May 2013. It is the manual's first major update in nearly 20 years, but prominent critics say the APA is out of control, turning common human problems into mental illness in a trend they say will just make the "pop-a-pill" culture worse. (AP Photo/American Psychiatric Association)

(AP)—There's a new version of the world's most widely used psychiatric manual, and it's already getting lots of criticism.

Some prominent therapists and others complain that the manual turns normal conditions into mental illnesses. They say it will only make the "pop-a-pill" culture worse.

At issue is the fifth edition of the , widely known as the DSM-5. The DSM has long been considered the authoritative source for diagnosing mental problems.

The is releasing the manual this weekend at its annual meeting in San Francisco. Protesters hope to steal the show.

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YawningDog
not rated yet May 16, 2013
If you're one of the gullible who think the psychiatric profession is competent, I challenge you to look up "The Thud Test".

This is not to imply there are not people who need help. It's just to prove that psychiatrists, as a group, are full of sh*t.

Psychoanalysis was "developed" by a cocaine fueled sex addict in a fevered quest for fame, fortune, professional glory and self aggrandizement. Since then it's been, monkey see, monkey do.