n African Journal of Psychiatry - Are we slaves to DSM? A South African perspective : guest editorial

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



"The best protection against wild over-diagnosis is to ignore DSM-5. It is not official. It is not well done. It is not safe. Don't buy it. Don't use it. Don't teach it". These are the words of Allen Frances, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University, who was chairperson of the taskforce that developed DSM-IV. A scathing indictment of the diagnostic system adopted years ago by our psychiatric forebearers in South Africa (SA) - a system drilled into the minds of students and trainee mental health professionals; adhered to religiously by the pharmaceutical industry and by health management organisations for reimbursement purposes; and cited in our courts of law to support the cause of justice in our country.

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