Dr. Allen Frances: An Insider Revolts Against Excessive Psychiatric Diagnosis
Before World War II, an estimated two in 40,000 children were diagnosed with autism, and now approximately one in 50 boys and one in 250 girls carries the label. In 1980, the term ADD was invented by the American Psychiatric Association, and today an estimated 6.4 million children ages four to 17 have received the diagnosis. Two-thirds of them are on drugs.
All told, about one in six American children has been labeled with a developmental disability, and that number has increased by 17 percent just in the last 10 years. The numbers are astronomical. Something
doesn’t add up about ADD and the autism spectrum conditions.
And if there’s one man who can help us understand what’s happening and teach us how to re-appropriate some responsibility and control over the safety and well-being of our children, it’s Dr. Allen Frances. As a former chairman for the task force that produced the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (the DSM), he’s been on the inside and is now leading a revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis and the medicalization of ordinary life.
Joining us now in an effort to help “save normal” is Dr. Allen Frances.