Allen Frances

Allen Frances

Dr. Allen Frances is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and former Chair at Duke University. He was previously chair of the DSM IV Task Force and played an instrumental role in the preparation of DSM III.

He was described by the New York Times as “the most powerful psychiatrist in America” and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Saving Normal, winner of three book awards.

His other recent book, Essentials Of Psychiatric Diagnosis, provides the clearest guide to the use and misuse of psychiatric diagnosis.

Dr. Frances blogs regularly on Huffington Post, Psychiatric Times, Psychology Today, and Education Update. He also Tweets @AllenFrancesMD.

Latest Contributions to Rehabs.com

Trump Backs Down On Vaping Regulations

Trump Backs Down On Vaping Regulations

December 13th, 2019 Allen Frances 4 minute read
President Trump announced in September that he would issue a strict executive order banning the candy flavored e-cigarettes that have triggered an alarming teenage vaping epidemic. He was responding to intense public health pressures. Federal surveys showed that 27.5%...
Political Bombshell Helps Explain Ketamine Craze

Political Bombshell Helps Explain Ketamine Craze

December 13th, 2019 Allen Frances 4 minute read
The touting of ketamine as a wonder drug for depression has both puzzled and distressed me. There were all kinds of reasons premature ketamine exuberance seemed wrong and potentially dangerous: It was fast-tracked by the FDA without the usual...
A Free Market Solution to the War on Drugs?

A Free Market Solution to the War on Drugs?

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 4 minute read
Is a free market solution to the war on drugs the best way to end the conflict? A decisive answer may be difficult, but it is safe to say the United States’s prohibition approach has been a failure. We...
Vaping Crisis: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Vaping Crisis: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 7 minute read
The Vaping Crisis, Lung Diseases, and Silver Linings The good news about the recent tragic spate of vaping lung disease and death is that the response to it has been rapid and thorough. It took 40 years, with 400,000...
Big Pharma Tries To Defend The Indefensible

Big Pharma Tries To Defend The Indefensible

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 5 minute read
Twenty years ago, Big Tobacco was up against big time class action law suits all across the nation. Its response was to hire the fanciest lawyers it could find and mount a spirited defense based mostly on the legal...
Vaping And Lung Disease

Vaping And Lung Disease

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 4 minute read
The CDC and health officials in at least a dozen states are studying a mysterious new lung disease likely caused by vaping. Many victims are quite young, reflecting the recent widespread use of e-cigarettes among middle schoolers and high...
Sackler Drug Cartel Goes Global

Sackler Drug Cartel Goes Global

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 4 minute read
I am not a particularly naive person and don’t get easily shocked by the extremities of human greed and selfish cruelty. But the unremittingly evil behavior of the Sackler family goes well beyond what is normally encountered even among the...
Dangers Of Synthetic Pot

Dangers Of Synthetic Pot

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 5 minute read
I have strongly supported legalizing pot. Not because it’s safe (no drug is safe), but because pot prohibition has always failed to reduce pot use. It also seems silly to focus on the dangers of pot when so many more...
Free Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Free Treatment For Opioid Addiction

November 4th, 2019 Allen Frances 5 minute read
Oklahoma’s clever Attorney-General beat the rush to take back from Big Pharma some of the blood money profits it gouged out of the deadly opioid epidemic. He has already forged settlements of $250 million with Purdue and $85 million with Teva and is...
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