DSM 5 is a done deal—the final proofs were just sent off for printing with a mid May publication date.
I began writing this blog almost three years ago hoping to warn the people working on DSM 5 off their worst decisions.
For the most part I failed. About one third of my targets were dropped, but DSM 5 remains a reckless and poorly written document that will worsen diagnostic inflation, increase inappropriate treatment, create stigma, and cause confusion among clinicians and the public.
APA is betting cynically that, when the dust of controversy and opposition settles, DSM 5 will still have a captive audience forced to buy and use it. Some of my most knowledgeable friends think they are right and that I have mostly wasted my time on a fool's errand.
I don't agree. My view is that DSM 5 has taken a fatal hit internationally and is greatly discredited in US. But I may be self deluded.
My mission now changes. The people working on DSM 5 are no longer my primary audience and the DSM 5 changes are no longer my primary topic.
My main job now is to alert the public and clinicians on ways to contain diagnostic exuberance and to fight back against excessive and misdirected treatment for people who are essentially normal.