The DSM - a great work of fiction?

5 July 2013 10:00 - 5 July 2013 13:00 Add to Calendar 5-07-2013 10:00:00 5-07-2013 13:00:00 36 The DSM - a great work of fiction? DD/MM/YYYY

A study of why psychiatry has become bad for our mental health. Part of the Reflections Research Centre Workshop Series.

Regent's University London, Room: H245

Why is psychiatry such big business?

Why are so many psychiatric drugs prescribed, and why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952, to 374 today?

In this talk, Dr James Davies takes us behind the scenes of how the psychiatrist's bible, the DSM, was actually written - did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD, major depression and Aspergers? – or were less-scientific and more dubious processes at play? His exclusive interviews with the creators of the DSM reveal the troubling answer.

Dr James Davies is a senior lecturer in social anthropology and psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is the author of many articles and books including The Importance of Suffering: the value and meaning of emotional discontent, and the forthcoming book Cracked: the unhappy truth about psychiatry.


External attendees should complete the below application form by 3 July 2013. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis and are limited to 30 people only.

Ticket prices

Full price ticket - £12
SPCP Professional Members - £17
Regent's University staff and students - free

Certificates of attendance will be issued for CPD purposes

Regent’s University staff and students should confirm their attendance by email to by 3 July 2013.

For further information contact Dogus Simsek
Office Phone Number: +44 (0) 203 075 6138


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