Allen Frances

Food for Thought 2.13

A dinner speech with Professor Allen Frances

A dinner speech with Professor Allen Frances

We are declared sick faster and faster. In 1980, a person who mourned the death of a beloved one for a year was considered normal. In 1994, psychiatrists were advised to wait for two months before declaring sadness, tiredness and apathy as depression. Today, the advice is to ring the alarm after a few weeks. 

A different alarm is rung by Allen Frances. The internationally renowned US-psychiatrist and professor (Duke University, North Carolina) warns of the inflation of psychiatric diagnosis and the consequences of the medicalization of ordinary life. The bestselling author depicts how the disease mongering took over, whose interests lie behind it and what we can do against it. 

An evening at the GDI about the history and future of psychiatric diagnosis, the boundaries of psychiatry – and a plea for the right to be normal.


Welcome drink

3 course dinner and Prof. Allen Frances’ speech, followed by networking


Allen Frances

Allen Frances

Internationally renowned psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Duke University (North Carolina). Frances co-edited the internationally authoritative diagnosis manual DSM-4 in 2000. He is a fierce critic of its successor, DSM-5 (2013).


20 November 2013

1 participant CHF 240.-
from 2 participants each CHF 205.-

The fee has to be paid in advance. The price depends on the number of participants from the same firm. Any subsequent participants registered separately will be billed separately. The conference fee includes all food and beverages (including VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

Event location
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon

English (no translatio)