Caplan: Stop Critiquing the DSM 5

Art Caplan has a new column out in Time that takes a different stance on the DSM-V, compared to all the criticism the revisions have recently received:

The critics are going way too far. The DSM is often described as “the bible of the mental health field”—an unfortunate misnomer that leaves it open to attack. It should really be called “The best we know so far about mental disorders” or perhaps “Our best effort to properly classify complicated human behavior.”

But a bigger problem is that the editors don’t know how to defend against the attacks.

Read the full column here.  And some competing commentary here and here.

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