DSM-5: Diagnosing & Treating Mental Disorders

Seventeen years ago, Allen Frances helped write the DSM-4 ... the most comprehensive guide to diagnosing and treating mental disorders in the world. Looking back, he says his team made some big mistakes with profound consequences and he's worried the people writing the new edition might make things even worse.


DSM-5 - Allen Frances

Allen Frances is a well-respected American psychiatrist who has has picked a very public and sometimes even nasty fight with some of the most powerful people in his field.He chaired the task force that wrote the last edition of the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Now if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness you are connected to the DSM, it is considered the Bible of psychiatry, listing every recognized mental disorder and how to diagnose each. It is produced by the American Psychiatric Association and medical professionals from GP's to psychiatrists to mental health workers across the U.S. and Canada refer to it for guidance.

The American Psychiatric Association is now working on a updated new edition of the manual - the DSM-5. Dr. Allen Frances believes those working on it risk repeating some of the same mistakes he says he made and making serious errors that could have catastrophic consequences. Dr. Allen Frances is a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Duke University's School of Medicine. He was in San Diego.

DSM-5 - Dr. William Carpenter

Doctor William Carpenter is working on the new DSM-5. He's the Chair of the DSM-5 work group for psychotic disorders and he was in Arlington, Virginia.

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Last Word - Air India

We ended the program today with a preview of tomorrow's program. It has been nearly a year since Mr. Justice John Major issued his report in the inquiry into the bombing of Air India Flight 182 and many of the friends and family of those who died in that bombing fear the federal government has abandoned the file ... even after repeated promises to implement Mr. Justice Major's recommendations.

We gave the last word to one of the people who is still waiting for answers, 26 years after the bombing.

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