Diagnosis & Therapy

How to Measure Human Distress?

Why do doctors use the DSM? To anticipate and contain by categorizing and “labelling” madness. The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was made public recently at the American Psychiatric Association conference in San Francisco. It is a text addressed to psychiatrists in need of terminology for measuring...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Speaking in Code

The recent publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has brought several new disorders into public consciousness while eliminating some old ones. As just two examples, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation disorder is in, but Asperger’s is out. The often-overlooked irony is that when it comes to diagnostic codes—the numeric or alphanumeric...
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Current Status of Dx

The Red Herring of Reliability

The issue of reliability regularly features in the DSM debate. Advocates of the DSM system report favorable reliability statistics in one or other of the various revisions (, Brown, Di Nardo, Lehman, & Campbell, 2001), while critics paint a different picture (, Timimi, 2011). Kirk and Kutchins (, 1992, 1997) have written extensively on...
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