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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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When Language Goes on Holiday

Philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday. –Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, section 38 In his provocative essay, Prof. Peter Kinderman comments as follows: Many of us have highlighted the poor reliability, validity, utility, epistemology and humanity of psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatric diagnoses fail to map onto any entity discernible in the real world, fail...
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