Mental illness does existBMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3536 (Published 28 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3536
- Jonathan Lyons, specialist trainee year 4 in child and adolescent psychiatry1
- 1Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, Mary Chapman House, Norwich, UK
Spence lays out several familiar arguments in his critique of the fast approaching Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V)—biological reductionism, labelling, and medicalisation as a proxy for capitalist greed.1 I have some sympathy for these arguments and find it interesting that he focuses …
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