Rewriting the Psychiatrist’s Bible

On the radio in the UK tonight – BBC Radio 4, Tuesday 4 August, 20.00

Afterwards it’ll be available via BBC iPlayer.

Matthew Hill investigates the links between psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry. Should there be increased transparency over top psychiatrists’ links to the industry?

He looks at the influence of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM), produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which has been heavily criticised in the past for a lack of transparency between the panel members and pharmaceutical companies. Matthew also examines the ‘Chinese menu’ aspect of the DSM’s diagnostic criteria and the sheer number of conditions it includes. Matthew investigates whether the APA’s transparency policy goes far enough and if we are medicalising real conditions or just traits of human personality.

Read more – or just enter ‘DSM’ in search box on the left.
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5 Responses to “Rewriting the Psychiatrist’s Bible”

  1. truthman30 Says:


    It looks like the psychiatric can of worms can is starting to split at the seams…

    You can fool some of the people some of the time .. etc etc..

  2. truthman30 Says:

    This BBC Radio 4 piece is absolutely essential listening for anyone who has been harmed or is interested in the severely flawed and sinister workings of the DSM and psychiatry…

    Fascinating.. but also deeply disturbing …

  3. Julia Salmon Says:

    Where the issues in this programme are directly relevant to the UK are those matters connected to the recent revisions to the Mental Health Act: the advisory panel of experts had identifiable financial interests in the pharmaceutical industry.

    As this programme points out, the profits to be made from schizophrenia and bipolar alone are worth billions to drugs companies: when medical experts cannot act impartially, on the basis of their personal financial interests, it calls into question the rationale behind the legal revisions that were put in place within the UK – and it is the same issue of compromise as with the influence of the DSM and its relationship to mental health diagnoses. Even in light of revisions, it is clear that the Mental Health Act still focuses on the chemical kosh, and not on the matter of mental health care and responsible community treatment.

    I speak as a carer to a husband with a long-term mental health condition – and campaigner for reform which relates to patient and community care. The reforms I would like to see would not benefit the pharmaceutical companies – but they are recognised by health professionals working in the field, (those that are not beholden to drugs companies, naturally). There is a place for medication – but its application is deeply flawed.

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  5. ian Says:

    anyone know where i can listen to this radio interview? Its not available not bbc anymore

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