Architect of DSM-5 rejects claims it will lead to labelling of more people as mentally ill

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3648 (Published 4 June 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3648

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The man responsible for the long awaited fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has rebuffed criticism that the updated manual medicalises everyday life traumas by classifying them as psychiatric conditions and that it would increase the prevalence of certain disorders as a result.

David Kupfer, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the DSM-5 task force, said, “The suggestions [have been] that we were medicalising grief, we were increasing the incidence of depression, and that was all for the good of American companies that use medications as their way of making money.”

He added …

Get access to this article and all of bmj.com for the next 14 days

Sign up for a 14 day free trial today

Access to the full text of this article requires a subscription or payment. Please log in or subscribe below.

Article access

Article access for 1 day

Purchase this article for £20 $30 €32*

The PDF version can be downloaded as your personal record

* Prices do not include VAT

THIS WEEK'S POLL