Allen Frances

Dangerous Psychiatric Fads

This article by Dr. Allen Frances (psychiatrist) has been published on It begins: “A sad and fairly ubiquitous aspect of human fallibility is that we are extremely suggestable suckers for fashion. Psychiatry is no exception — its history is littered…
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Rates of Prolonged Grief Disorder: Considering relationship to the person who died and cause of death

This research paper – from Kara Thieleman, Joanne Cacciatore, and Allen Frances – has been published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The abstract says: Background Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) was recently included in DSM-5-TR. The rate of PGD is known to…
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They Say You’re Crazy: How The World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal

This book by Paula Caplan, published in 1996, looks at the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 2013 the most recent DSM edition (DSM-5) was produced, expanding even further – to well over 600 – the number of…
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Allen Frances: Overdiagnosis

“Dr. Frances feels two-thirds of patients diagnosed are being treated unnecessarily.” The makers of the film CrazyWise conducted an interview with psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances. Dr. Frances is best known for his role as the chair of the group that produced the…
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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

The publishers describe this book (2014) as being an “… urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normality. Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. Today, however, millions of people who…
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