Pressing Issues

Why Psychiatric Diagnosis Must Avoid Scientism (Part 3)

  In part II of my series on diagnosis, I argued that–if there are no clear boundaries separating “normal” from “abnormal”–then the claim, “Psychiatry is medicalizing normality” cannot be sustained: the argument is essentially devoured by its own premise. That is: if “normality” has no precise boundary in the realm of disease—including psychiatric disease—then...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Can Evolutionary Theory Help Us Define Mental Disorder?

Note: Jerome Wakefield gave a presentation on his harmful dysfunction approach to defining mental disorders at SUNY New Paltz in March 2011. Jonathan Raskin served as discussant, and his response, reproduced here, remains highly relevant in light of ongoing debates about how the upcoming DSM-5 should define mental disorder. Video of both Dr. Wakefield’s and Dr. Raskin’s presentations...
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