DSM-5: Diagnosing for Status and Money Summary Critique of the DSM-5
Because most undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses relatively uncritically present the DSM as an objective scientific document, this summary focuses exclusively on the critical view. It neither provides a complete analysis of psychiatric diagnosis nor denies that the DSM, if used cautiously and appropriately, can be useful, nor does it advocate against psychiatric diagnostic.
The primary goal of this web page is to promote critical thinking in psychology and psychiatry by presenting a controversial critique of psychiatric diagnosis. The following summary was inspired by the work of both Allen Frances, M.D., chair of the DSM-IV task force, Dr. Paula Caplan, and the writing cited in the Selected Bibliography at the end of this page.