Allen Frances and the Spurious Medicalization of Everyday Problems
On April 5, Allen Frances MD, published an article on the Huffington Post blog. The title is Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like ‚Mental Illness,‘ ‚Patient,‘ and ‚Schizophrenia‘ It’s an interesting piece, and it raises some fundamental issues.
Here are some quotes from the article, interspersed with my comments.
„Those of us who worked on DSM IV learned first-hand and painfully the limitations of the written word and how it can be tortured and twisted in damaging daily usage, especially when there is a profit to be had.“
The fact that words can acquire multiple, and even contradictory, meanings is well known to most high school graduates. People of all walks of life are generally sensitive to this reality, and take steps to clarify their meanings, especially with regards to words that are known to be ambiguous.