Controversial DSM-5 approved for publication in May

The National Psychologist, January/February 2013 issue page 6, publishes 2 articles: 1) about Psychiatric association approval of DSM-5 publication in spite of complaints from the professional field and 2) how Psychologist organizations react to DSM-5. Both are scanned in one document.

It is worth considering how construction of diagnosis is interrelated with political biomedical authority. The process might not necessarily benefit the individual but it leads to creation of compliant body and collectively a member of Foucalian society.

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3 thoughts on “Controversial DSM-5 approved for publication in May

  1. David J. Kupfer’s, chair of DSM 5 task force, take on the new edition of the manual, and on “how it removes the body-mind separation:”
    “Somatic Symptoms Criteria in DSM-5 Improve Diagnosis, Care.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-j-kupfer-md/dsm-5_b_2648990.html

    vs ‘the other:’ “Science or Dogma”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-e-levine/dsm-5_b_2657667.html

    Once drapetomania (‘mental illness’ that caused slaves to run away; a century before DSM), or homosexuality (dropped from DSM-III in the 70s), now Binge Eating Disorder, Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder (among children/ think temper tantrums), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (among adolescence/added in the 80s), and no more “bereavement exclusion” stir a lot of controversy over the validity of psychiatric diagnosis.
    Levine also mentions the Rosenhan study.

    And as for statements such as “context does not determine ‘disorderness’ or normality,”or “somatic symptoms severity” in connection with “patient functionality” allow to better diagnose…what do you think?

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