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The Resource Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances

Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances

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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
Title
Saving normal
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an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life
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Allen Frances
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eng
Summary
  • Frances argues that the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders threatens to destroy what is considered normal and that grief, sorrow, stress, disappointment, and other feelings are part of life, not a psychiatric disease
  • From "the most powerful psychiatrist in America" (New York Times) and "the man who wrote the book on mental illness" (Wired), a deeply fascinating and urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normality Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. These challenges are a normal part of being human, and they should not be treated as psychiatric disease. However, today millions of people who are really no more than "worried well" are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and are receiving unnecessary treatment. In Saving Normal, Allen Frances, one of the world's most influential psychiatrists, warns that mislabeling everyday problems as mental illness has shocking implications for individuals and society: stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, misallocation of medical resources, and draining of the budgets of families and the nation. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient and self-healing brains, which have kept us sane for hundreds of thousands of years, and into the hands of "Big Pharma," who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits. Frances cautions that the new edition of the "bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5), will turn our current diagnostic inflation into hyperinflation by converting millions of "normal" people into "mental patients." Alarmingly, in DSM-5, normal grief will become "Major Depressive Disorder"; the forgetting seen in old age is "Mild Neurocognitive Disorder"; temper tantrums are "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder"; worrying about a medical illness is "Somatic Symptom Disorder"; gluttony is "Binge Eating Disorder"; and most of us will qualify for adult "Attention Deficit Disorder." What's more, all of these newly invented conditions will worsen the cruel paradox of the mental health industry: those who desperately need psychiatric help are left shamefully neglected, while the "worried well" are given the bulk of the treatment, often at their own detriment. Masterfully charting the history of psychiatric fads throughout history, Frances argues that whenever we arbitrarily label another aspect of the human condition a "disease," we further chip away at our human adaptability and diversity, dulling the full palette of what is normal and losing something fundamental of ourselves in the process. Saving Normal is a call to all of us to reclaim the full measure of our humanity.--Publisher
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YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
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Frances, Allen
Dewey number
616.89/075
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC469
LC item number
.F696 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2013 F-600
  • WM 141
  • WM 141
NLM item number
F815 2013
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  • Mental illness
  • Mental illness
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • United States
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • United States
  • Mental illness
  • Mental illness
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotropic drugs
  • United States
  • Mental illness
Label
Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1404/2013444159-b.html
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-304) and index
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txt
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Contents
Part I. Normality under siege. What's normal and what's not? ; From shaman to shrink ; Diagnostic inflation -- Part II. Psychiatric fads can be bad for your health. Fads of the past ; Fads of the present ; Fads of the future -- Part III. Getting back to normal. Taming diagnostic inflation ; The smart consumer ; The worst and the best of psychiatry
Control code
ocn813929684
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 314 pages
Isbn
9780062229250
Lccn
2013444159
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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regular print
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  • (Sirsi) o813929684
  • (OCoLC)813929684
Label
Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life, Allen Frances
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1404/2013444159-b.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Normality under siege. What's normal and what's not? ; From shaman to shrink ; Diagnostic inflation -- Part II. Psychiatric fads can be bad for your health. Fads of the past ; Fads of the present ; Fads of the future -- Part III. Getting back to normal. Taming diagnostic inflation ; The smart consumer ; The worst and the best of psychiatry
Control code
ocn813929684
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 314 pages
Isbn
9780062229250
Lccn
2013444159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o813929684
  • (OCoLC)813929684

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