Dr Gant recently appeared on the the Gary Null radio show with the topic: The New DSM5 Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders: Creating New Illnesses.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system. The previous edition, DSM-IV-TR, has been used by professionals in a wide array of contexts, including psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, and counselors, as well as by clinicians and researchers of many different orientations (e.g., biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, family/systems).
DSM is used in both clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinic, private practice, and primary care) as well as with community populations. In addition to supplying detailed descriptions of diagnostic criteria, DSM is also a necessary tool for collecting and communicating accurate public health statistics about the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders.
Current complaints about the DSM revolve around growing statistics that this “psychiatrist’s bible” is turning simple illnesses into serious medical conditions. Medical experts believe mental disorders are being created out of thin air and definitions of these disorders are widening, as people become over-diagnosed. This gives drug companies a perfect opportunity to come in and expand their market for new drugs. This is a serious problem, especially since 70 percent of those serving on the DSM-5 committees have financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies.
The radio show was very lively as various issues were discussed regarding the numerous “mental disorders” included in the manual.
You can listen to the radio show here: