“The most powerful psychiatrist in America”~ NYTimes

“The man who wrote the book on mental illness”~ Wired

First Interview

The DSMV – Dr Frances was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine joins us to discuss the upcoming changes to the DSMV as it pertains to child and adolescent bipolar disorder.

Listen to the man who has been outspoken and steadfast in his beliefs about the state of the DSM and how it will impact our lives

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Second Interview

Dr Allen Frances Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force returns to discuss the confusion and concerns over the soon to be released DSMV. How will the changes impact your child? What do the changes mean for your childs accommodations? Why are so many additions and revisions causing so much controversy? How will the changes affect Aspergers Syndrome, Bipolar and many other child disorders?

The DSM is one of the most powerful manuals of our time. The criteria within determines not only the diagnosis and labels but the treatments and funding for our children. Dr Allen Frances returns to discuss the confusion and concerns over the soon to be released DSMV. How will the changes impact your child? What do the changes mean for your childs accommodations? Why are so many additions and revisions causing so much controversy?
The DSM is one of the most powerful manuals of our time. The criteria within determines not only the diagnosis and labels but the treatments and funding for our children.
Listen to the man who has been outspoken and steadfast in his beliefs about the state of the DSM and how it will impact our lives

Listen to internet radio with The Coffee Klatch on Blog Talk Radio

Third Interview

Saving Normal – The Disease Called Childhood
Guidelines for diagnosing children with a mental illness

Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life
Is it possible that soon most of us will all have a diagnosable mental illness? Will our differences, which make us so unique and wonderful, only be looked in the negative, as a disorder, with the mindset of needing to be fixed when in fact, we are not truly broken
Referred to as “The most famous and honored psychiatrist in America” Dr. Allen Frances makes his 3rd appearance, he is a clinician, educator, researcher, and leading authority on psychiatric diagnosis

The Book – Saving Normal an insiders revolt against out of control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM5, big pharma and the medicalization of ordinary life

From “the most powerful psychiatrist in America” (New York Times) and “the man who wrote the book on mental illness” (Wired), a deeply fascinating and urgently important critique of the widespread medicalization of normality

Anyone living a full, rich life experiences ups and downs, stresses, disappointments, sorrows, and setbacks. These challenges are a normal part of being human, and they should not be treated as psychiatric disease. However, today millions of people who are really no more than “worried well” are being diagnosed as having a mental disorder and are receiving unnecessary treatment. In Saving Normal, Allen Frances, one of the world’s most influential psychiatrists, warns that mislabeling everyday problems as mental illness has shocking implications for individuals and society: stigmatizing a healthy person as mentally ill leads to unnecessary, harmful medications, the narrowing of horizons, misallocation of medical resources, and draining of the budgets of families and the nation. We also shift responsibility for our mental well-being away from our own naturally resilient and self-healing brains, which have kept us sane for hundreds of thousands of years, and into the hands of “Big Pharma,” who are reaping multi-billion-dollar profits.

Frances cautions that the new edition of the “bible of psychiatry,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5), will turn our current diagnostic inflation into hyperinflation by converting millions of “normal” people into “mental patients.” Alarmingly, in DSM-5, normal grief will become “Major Depressive Disorder”; the forgetting seen in old age is “Mild Neurocognitive Disorder”; temper tantrums are “Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder”; worrying about a medical illness is “Somatic Symptom Disorder”; gluttony is “Binge Eating Disorder”; and most of us will qualify for adult “Attention Deficit Disorder.” What’s more, all of these newly invented conditions will worsen the cruel paradox of the mental health industry: those who desperately need psychiatric help are left shamefully neglected, while the “worried well” are given the bulk of the treatment, often at their own detriment.

Masterfully charting the history of psychiatric fads throughout history, Frances argues that whenever we arbitrarily label another aspect of the human condition a “disease,” we further chip away at our human adaptability and diversity, dulling the full palette of what is normal and losing something fundamental of ourselves in the process. Saving Normal is a call to all of us to reclaim the full measure of our humanity.

The Upcoming full length documentary – A Dangerous Man


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