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Biomarkers Oversold In Medicine: Implications for Psychiatry


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This article is very interesting, it raises concerns over the new DSM and the stigma of being labelled with a "disorder".







The DSM-5 ambition never made sense on its own terms. We have no biomarkers and no other way of distinguishing a real patient who is early in his course from the worried well who will do fine on their own and who need no diagnosis or treatment. Early diagnosis in psychiatry would clearly result in enormous false positive rates leading to unnecessary and (especially when it comes to antipsychotic medication) quite dangerous treatments. Other ills include unnecessary stigma, self-fulfilling prophesy, inability to get life and disability insurance, and inappropriate absolving of personal responsibility because the sick role. If everyday problems become falsely relabeled as "mental disorder," the current exaggerated rates of reported mental disorder would sky-rocket even further.

Off Lexapro since 3rd November 2011.

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Thanks, Phil. Another excellent piece by Dr. Allen Frances questioning the basis of pharmapsychiatry.

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