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"Why should the average person care about the DSM? How has the DSM changed the psychiatric profession? And who is running the show: the pharmaceutical industry, the APA, or the DSM task force?"

These were just a few of the great questions I was asked in an in-depth interview about psychiatry and DSM-5, appearing in the latest issue of The Sun Magazine. The interview, "Side Effects May Include ...," drawing on both my posts on this blog and my research in the APA archives, also covered such large-scale issues as: "What's wrong with being 'better than well'"? And: "Since the first DSM in 1952, which had 106 disorders, the number has almost tripled. Are we getting sicker, or is something else at play?"

Click on over to The Sun Magazine for my replies.  Follow me on Twitter: @christophlane

About the Author

Christopher Lane, Ph.D.

Christopher Lane, Ph.D., has won a Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing and teaches at Northwestern University. He is the author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness.

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