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Where Do We Go From Here? 

Where Do We Go From Here?
Where Do We Go From Here?

Joel Paris

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date: 27 May 2022

The problem of overdiagnosis reflects physician biases, and the wish to explain complex clinical presentations. Overdiagnosis has also become part of a broader cultural trend in which all human problems are seen as requiring medical treatment. Evidence-based practice, accompanied by a tolerance of uncertainty, can help to reduce the frequency of this problem. The diagnostic manuals of the future will probably not look very much like DSM-5. I expect that they will be based on a deeper and more thorough understanding of disease. But that will take many decades, and we have to remain humble and patient.

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