This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio features the topic of overmedication and overdiagnosis in American society. It is a startling trend that many practitioners are easy to prescribe psychiatric medications, but what is even more bothering is the general attempt to diagnose normal behavior. The topic was provoked by the show’s guest, Dr. Allen Frances and his critique on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, also known as the DSM-V.
Dr. Allen Frances is a clinician, published author, and a founding editor of The Journal of Personality Disorders and The Journal of Psychiatric practice and currently writes a popular blog titled “Saving Normal” on Psychology Today’s website. He was also the chair of the task force that produced the previous version, DSM-IV. His latest book “Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life” is deemed invaluable in its assessment of today’s epidemic of overmedication and overdiagnosis of normal behavior. Dunbar comments “I always have a list of questions ready, but with Dr. Frances I literally threw away the script. His responses were so engaging that I hung on his every word. I had a million more questions I wanted to ask, but we simply ran out of time.”