Radio: Rewriting the psychiatrist’s bible

BBC Radio 4, Sunday 9th August, 5pm (FM only). Available now until 16th August via the iPlayer.

An interesting programme on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) which is widely used by clinicians and academics.

“Matthew Hill . . . looks at the influence of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM), produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which has been heavily criticised in the past for a lack of transparency between the panel members and pharmaceutical companies. Matthew also examines the ‘Chinese menu’ aspect of the DSM’s diagnostic criteria and the sheer number of conditions it includes. Matthew investigates whether the APA’s transparency policy goes far enough and if we are medicalising real conditions or just traits of human personality.”

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