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Allen Frances, MD

Allen Frances, MD

Dr Frances was the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Duke.  

He is author of Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life (New York: William Morrow; 2013) and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis (New York: Guilford Press; 2013).


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In the opinion of the author, the psychiatry/anti-psychiatry rift has had a devastating effect on the lives of people with severe psychiatric problems.

Setting the record straight on what the literature does and does not say about long-term use of antipsychotics.

"Primary care docs should be paid more, specialists less. More reimbursement for talking...less for testing and procedures." And, there's more.

Here's why Trieste is the place this psychiatrist would most want to be if he had a severe mental illness.

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By failing to provide adequate care and housing for the mentally ill, we have condemned 350,000 to jails and 250,000 to the streets.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to how people and cultures should respond to overwhelming stress, depression, and trauma.

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There has probably never been a worse place and worse time to have a severe mental illness than now in the United States. How did we get into this mess?

We are the richest nation in the history of the world and yet we provide the worst care ever conceived for the severely ill who most need it.

Clearly, too much medicine can be very bad for your health. And it is also a disaster for the health of our economy.


Doctors who don't know their patients make easily avoidable technical mistakes that can have tragic consequences. The best way "to do no harm" is to know and understand your patient.


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