A psychiatrist speaks: "I willingly signed the APA [American Psychological Association] petition Dr. Frances endorses, but my real wish is that they’d table the whole DSM-5 enterprise and let us regroup and figure out who the hell we are before proceeding."
When we feel depressed, anxious, or distressed, are we mentally ill? Or are we spiritually confused?
While it can’t be denied that people have problems in the mental sphere, I object to the widespread assumption that they suffer from organic diseases. Yes, symptoms sometimes diminish with pharmaceutical treatment, but that doesn’t prove they are caused by faulty neurons. But if we abandon the “brain dysfunction” formula, what do we replace it with?