In this interview with Adam Curtis, Spitzer admitted that his Taskforce [for writing DSM-III] was interested only in the experiences that characterised the disorder. It was not interested in understanding the individual patient’s life or why they suffered from these experiences. Because these contextual factors were overlooked, experiences of sadness, anxiety or unhappiness were often listed as symptoms of underlying disorders, rather than seen as natural and normal human reactions to certain life conditions that needed to be changed.
— Davies J (2014) Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good. London: Icon Books. 44-45