Revised Manual of Mental Disorders Stirs Controversy

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A new edition of the most widely used psychiatric guide to mental disorders -- "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" -- was released this past weekend in San Francisco at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The manual has a big impact on public health, including what insurance companies will cover, the drugs that regulators will approve, and even which children will receive special education services. But critics say that the manual is outdated and question the validity of several new diagnoses.


Mardi Horowitz, professor of psychiatry at UCSF, president of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and author of "Grieving As Well As Possible"

Allen J. Frances M.D., chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and professor emeritus and former chair of the Psychiatry Department at Duke University; and author of "Saving Normal" and "Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis"

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and chairman of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute; he is also the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association