Former DSM Chairman Says The Psychiatric Manual Is Attempting To Turn Eccentricity Into An Illness

eccentricity into an illnessVia Wired, Allen Frances, chairman of the task force behind the previous edition of psychiatrists’ widely-used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, is vocally critical of the new DSM, arguing that it is part of a push toward over-medication:

Nature takes the long view, mankind the short. Nature picks diversity; we pick standardization. We are homogenizing our crops and homogenizing our people. And Big Pharma seems intent on pursuing a parallel attempt to create its own brand of human monoculture.

With an assist from an overly ambitious psychiatry, all human difference is being transmuted into chemical imbalance meant to be treated with a handy pill. Turning difference into illness was among the great strokes of marketing genius accomplished in our time.

Human diversity has its purposes or it would not have survived the evolutionary rat race. Human difference was never meant to be reducible to an exhaustive list of diagnoses drawn carelessly from a psychiatric manual.

12 Comments on "Former DSM Chairman Says The Psychiatric Manual Is Attempting To Turn Eccentricity Into An Illness"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm |


  2. Adamas Macalz | May 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm |

    the history of Psychiatry is like an ultramarathoner that ran till he died of exhaustion. It started strong and started to get exhausted around the halfway mark, so it decided to do meth and finish the race. This is the result.

  3. Simon Valentine | May 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

    shot in the dark
    and they’re too late
    darlin you give love
    a bad name

    • Simon Valentine | May 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm |

      on a more serious note, i am centrifugally replying to myself to note that central power dictates that federal steps be taken to take money from the money takers to give it to the zoo animals that perform according to [sic] e.g. education that isn’t any more or less education than it is worthless redundant shit for the bipedal fly maggots [humans] to feed from the spirits of the living because the spirits of the dead are sacred delicacies that you can not afford to take or touch when you are a bipedal fly maggot [human] who is performing zoo animal ‘education tricks’ e.g. “militarization” and “federal tax collection”

  4. bobbiethejean | May 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm |

    Well fuck. We might as well declare “art” a mental disorder then. Name one artist on the planet who wasn’t just a little bit cracked.

    • Simon Valentine | May 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm |

      got me think’n

      maybe it’s they’re last lame call to be let back in

      they’re lonely and want some play time with the artists

      they’re going “all in” to make it obvious that they want the option “oh ha ha yeah we’re just mess’n with you it’s not serious”

      … oh wait

      that’s either misfeasance or malpractice.


      don’t let’m back in

  5. If even the previous psychopope says it’s bad, it’s bad. Seriously folks, stay out of help’s way.

  6. Who knows, maybe even one day there will be no need for doctors or psychiatrists at all. All you’d have to do is select your symptoms from the drop down menus and type in your bank number into the console embedded in your arms or face or eyes or whatever and a local medidroid will just run up and jab you with the appropriate DSM approved formula. How convenient! Or maybe we could just cut out the voluntary aspect of it out all together and just have a permanent scanning implant that alerts all the nano devices in the blood stream to manufacture it directly and instantaneously at the slightest irregularity (all citizens will of course will be injected with nanodes at birth – it’s hygienic dontcha know!). So efficient! Before long we’ll wonder how we ever managed without the wisdom and authority of the DSM manual, the building blocks of a brighter tomorrow.

  7. DeepCough | May 24, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    “Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is
    potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential

    ~R.D. Laing

    • awesome quote. I think that’s from Politics of Experience. I often paraphrase that quote, cool to see the exact words.

  8. ParanoidCoast | May 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    Soon, any degree of schizotypy will be regarded as illness.

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