Title of Book or Name of Activity
Saving Normal by Allen Frances
It's very rare that I don't finish reading a book, and this, unfortunately, was one of those cases. I expected this to be an interesting book on the creation of the DSM-V and some of the things that need to be fixed about how mental illness and disorders are diagnosed and treated in the United States. Instead, it was an extremely opinionated piece of writing from a man who was most likely just mad about the diagnosis manual he had created changing. Frances was a member of the task force for the creation of the DSM-IV, which he seemed to have no problems with, but in this book he flat-out attacks the DSM-V (calling it the DSM-5 a lot, which I don't know if it is technically a correct name to call), claiming that it diagnoses common personality traits. Every single diagnosis in the DSM-V claims that the disorder must cause significant stress for the patient and the affect the patient's life, but Frances does not address this. He goes on to claim that the reason for the DSM-V being so bad is because there's a whole conspiracy with the government, major pharmacies, etc. - at this point I stopped reading because now I think this man maybe needs some treatment himself.
Best: Some of the author's writing did point out some of the flaws in the DSM and the psychiatric diagnosis and treatment system, like the fact that DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is still considered a mental disorder in the DSM-V and was proven to be false by many doctors, as well as the diagnosis of having caused greater harm than any help.
Worst: The writing was so opinionated I had to put the book down.