Professor Allen Frances, head of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV project in the 1990s, has become the most prominent psychiatric critic of the DSM-5. He has written for a wide range of mainstream publications on this topic (including The New York Times) and has a regular blog at Psychology Today called DSM-5 In Distress, to which I contributed last year.
He’s currently visiting Australia and was interviewed in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald on the controversy over psychiatric diagnosis of toddlers.
He’ll be speaking in Sydney on Tuesday night at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Darlinghurst, at an event organised by St Vincent’s Hospital. RSVP to MentalHealth@stvincents.com.au to ensure a seat. Entry is by gold coin donation. More details are on the flyer below.
He will also be speaking on “paranoid parenting” at a dinner/talk event the next night, with details here.