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From: Andrew Phelps <>


Subject: Re: [S-ACC] disclosure for dialogue

Date: Sun 01/12/14 10:01 AM



That sounds like worthwhile reading, in the capacity of "critical psychology."

On Sat Jan 11 14:25, Sss sent:

Has anyone read "Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life" by Allen Frances, M.D.?

Allen Frances was the head of the DSM-4 task force, and he spoke up against the "diagnostic behavior" advocacy of the DSM-5 project when that was being instituted last year. He rejected the direction forward, as representative of the social role of leadership of the previous version of the "diagnosis" project.

The International Critical Psychiatry Workshop at U.C. Berkeley Medical Anthropology, in which myself and several others on the list participated, went to other aspects of the same concern. [See HERE for the workshop transcript.] "Madness" provides a better frame than "mental illness," for example.

The thrust of such advocacies is for a direction forward in "getting mental health to behave." As Uvw properly points out, such concern does not transcend our work project to "occupy behavior" and re-network the mental health client/survivors. Our social accountability is thus to be informed both by the system's promotion of the "Goofy" model and our effort to engage the social experience of "Goofy" in a fully meaningful manner