There are already about a dozen different DSM 5 petitions and boycotts out there. This is completely understandable- there is lots in DSM 5 to be angry at or frightened about.
Unfortunately, though, this is not a case of more the merrier. Fragmentation into a number of small protests will greatly reduce their aggregate impact.
One unified, inclusive boycott with 200,000 signers would render DSM 5 much less dangerous. A dozen boycotts with 20,000 signers will likely not provide nearly as much protection.
Why all the splinter groups? The many people who oppose DSM 5 do so for a whole variety of very different reasons and have so far pursued their own independent agendas- rather than coming together under one unified and inclusive banner.
No surprise there- it is human nature to disagree and to follow divergent paths. But regrettable- we sorely need the clear warning about DSM 5 that only a really effective boycott could provide.
My name has been used without permission in a way that might imply I support the positions taken in one of the recently launched boycotts. This is not the case- it is premised on what seems to me to be a far too one sided and excessively negative view of psychiatric diagnosis.