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Allen Frances

Allen J. Frances, MD is a well known psychiatrist, best known for chairing the task force that produced the fourth revision of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) and for his critique of the current version, DSM-5. He warns that the expanding boundary of psychiatry is causing a diagnostic inflation that is swallowing up normality and that the over-treatment of the "worried well" is distracting attention from the core mission of treating the more severely ill.

Dr. Frances spends his time currently as Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, and is the former chair, of Duke University. He is the author of ‘Saving Normal’ and ‘Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis’. He blogs regularly on Huffington Post, Psychiatric Times, Psychology Today and Education Updates, and also tweets @AllenFrancesMD.