Prof Frances’ shares his candid views on the fallout of new categories of psychiatric disorders that he and colleagues included in DSM-IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed).

Prof Frances has been outspoken on the side effects psychiatric diagnoses have had on children and their parents, from irrational fears to exponential increases in incidences of previously rare disorders. Prof Frances will discuss what happens when a diagnosis becomes fashionable as well as offering his insights into the fifth edition of DSM which is due for release in May next year.

About the speaker

Allen Frances MD was chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine in the USA and he is currently professor emeritus at Duke. He co-authored ‘Am I Okay? A Layman’s Guide to the Psychiatrist’s Bible’, and has published widely in academic journals and the mainstream media on his views about psychiatry and diagnosis.