Diagnosis in Practice

Mental Suffering and the DSM-5

  In his writings on the topic of diagnosis, the French philosopher and physician Georges Canguilhem makes a crucial distinction between pathology and abnormality, thus paving the way for the studies of his student Michel Foucault on the topics of psychiatric power and biopolitics. In Canguilhem’s view, decision making about normality and abnormality is generally...
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Diagnosis in Practice

What we can learn from Michel Foucault

  A key figure in critical discussions on psychiatry during the 1960 and 1970s was French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. In his 1965 book Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason Foucault analyses how society dealt with insanity throughout history, focusing on the Renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review

Palgrave Macmillan just published my book “Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review“. Below a summary of what I discuss: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is a widely used instrument for diagnosing psychopathology. The DSM is used for diverse purposes, including mental health care planning, insurance...
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