Café Inquiry: The Controversies of the DSM V and Mental Health

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Café Inquiry is a monthly casual discussion group run by CFI Vancouver. Come along and enjoy afternoon tea and stimulating discussion with fellow freethinkers on a variety of topics. This month's Café Inquiry is titled: The Controversies of the DSM V and Mental Health and will be presented by Dale Beyerstein

Dale Beyerstein has been involved in the skeptics movement for 40 years. He has also been the Consultant to the Ethics Committee of the BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, and teaches Philosophy at Langara College.

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association is ready to be released in May. Many critics of previous editions have focused on the sheer number of diagnoses contained in them, and the vagueness of the symptoms used to diagnose the mental illnesses recognized. Although the taskforce responsible for DSM-V has heard these criticisms, and has attempted to revise the criteria for diagnosis in light of them, most critics are not satisfied. Dale will help us explore the idea of mental illness to see why the critics are right.

Café Inquiry is free but donations are requested to keep the program running.