Letters Medicalisation of normality

Take a stand against “the mayhem of modern psychiatry”

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3545 (Published 28 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3545
  1. Parashar P Ramanuj, specialist trainee year 4, psychiatry1
  1. 1South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth Hospital, London SW9 9NU, UK
  1. p.ramanuj{at}doctors.org.uk

I read with a now familiar dread Spence’s article on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V).1 The consequences for the NHS, as it uses an ever more diagnosis defined approach to divide mental health services, will extend beyond psychiatry’s confines and affect everything from prison care to public health policy. …

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