By Libby Lewis, CNN
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(CNN) – It used to be, if you were gay, you were considered mentally ill.
It’s a good example of how the lines are drawn between what we decide is illness, and what we decide is just being human.
Allen Frances says the new guidebook for drawing those lines – it’s called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM – defines too much of everyday life as a sickness.
"Normal grief will be turned into major depressive disorder. My excessive gluttony becomes binge eating disorder. My grandchildren’s temper tantrums become disruptive mood disregulation disorder. And nearly everybody qualifies for ADD."
The new DSM will be released this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
Frances is a psychiatrist who led the last DSM – it came out 20 years ago. He’s watched how doctors have misdiagnosed kids and grown-ups with attention deficit disorder and Asperger’s and autism.
“I get 3 or 4 emails a week from parents whose kids were labeled with autism – and turned out to be the wrong diagnosis. Once you get the label, it can haunt you for life.”
He’s waging a very public campaign against the new DSM – even though lots of experts disagree with him and even though he’s lost friends over it.