ERIC Number: EJ1020742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
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Mental Disorder or "Normal Life Variation"? Why It Matters
Jacobs, David H.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n1 p152-157 Jan 2014
"Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition" ("DSM-5") promises a refined definition of mental disorder, which is tantamount to acknowledging that prior "DSM" definitions have failed to clarify what mental disorder is and why a person should be considered mentally disordered. Since the "DSM" promotes the position that what is actually the matter, as in medicine generally, is an impersonal, anonymous affliction, the universe of considerations that goes along with thinking about an individual as a person becomes ancillary at best. Incorrect diagnosis of mental disorder present is a form of person negation, with unlimited possible iatrogenic consequences. The new definition, like the old, is simply a form of double-talk. The American Psychiatric Association continues to be unconcerned with the practical consequences of person negation.
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Definitions, Psychopathology, Physiology, Classification
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