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3 False Epidemics: ADHD, Autism and Childhood Bipolar Disorder, Peter Gotzsche, MD
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“Allen Frances, chairman for the DSM-IV task force [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders], now believes the responsibility for defining psychiatric conditions needs to be taken away from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and argues that new diagnoses are as dangerous as new drugs: ‘We have remarkably casual procedures for defining the nature of conditions, yet they can lead to tens of millions being treated with drugs they may not need, and that may harm them,’ writes Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.
“Frances noted that DSM-IV created three false epidemics because the diagnostic criteria were too wide: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder.”
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A Must-Read Book
This is a must-read book for anyone interested in psychiatric drugs
For anyone interested in psychiatric drugs, this is a must-read book.
Anyone who thinks that psychiatric drugs are safe and effective must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe the published research about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the American Psychiatric Association says about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the US National Institutes of Mental Health says about these drugs must read this book.
Anyone who thinks that you can believe what the FDA says about the safety of these drugs must read this book.
My Mother Suffered Tragically From These Drugs
Larry’s mother suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs
My mother (Larry Hobbs’s mother) suffered tragically from psychiatric drugs, so this topic is of great interest to me.
About the Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.
Gøtzsche has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times.
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