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DSM-5 in Perspective
Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel
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Since its third edition in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association has acquired a hegemonic role in the health care professions and has had a broad impact on the lay public. The publication in May 2013 of its fifth edition, the DSM-5, marked the latest milestone in the history of the DSM and of American psychiatry. In The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, experts in the philosophy of psychiatry propose original essays that explore the main issues related to the DSM-5, such as the still weak validity and reliability of the classification, the scientific status of its revision process, the several cultural, gender and sexist biases that are apparent in the criteria, the comorbidity issue and the categorical vs. dimensional debate.

For several decades the DSM has been nicknamed “The Psychiatric Bible.” This volume would like to suggest another biblical metaphor: the Tower of Babel. Altogether, the essays in this volume describe the DSM as an imperfect and unachievable monument – a monument that was originally built to celebrate the new unity of clinical psychiatric discourse, but that ended up creating, as a result of its hubris, ever more profound practical divisions and theoretical difficulties.


Feature:

First book-long appraisal of the DSM-5

Comprehensive picture of controversies over the construction of the DSM-5

State-of-the-art philosophical criticism on the current classification of mental disorders


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Since its third edition in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association has acquired a hegemonic role in the health care professions and has had a broad impact on the lay public. The publication in May 2013 of its fifth edition, the DSM-5, marked the latest milestone in the history of the DSM and of American psychiatry. In The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, experts in the philosophy of psychiatry propose original essays that explore the main issues related to the DSM-5, such as the still weak validity and reliability of the classification, the scientific status of its revision process, the several cultural, gender, and sexist biases that are apparent in the criteria, the comorbidity issue, and the categorical vs. dimensional debate.

For several decades the DSM has been nicknamed “The Psychiatric Bible.” This volume would like to suggest another biblical metaphor: the Tower of Babel. Altogether, the essays in this volume describe the DSM as an imperfect and unachievable monument – a monument that was originally built to celebrate the new unity of clinical psychiatric discourse, but that ended up creating, as a result of its hubris, ever more profound practical divisions and theoretical difficulties.


Contents:

Introduction; Steeves Demazeux and Patrick Singy.- Part I. General issues.- Chapter 1. The Ideal of Scientific Progress and the DSM; Steeves Demazeux.-  Chapter 2. DSM-5 and Research Concerning Mental Illness; Jeffrey Poland.- Chapter 3. DSM-5 and Psychiatry’s Second Revolution: Descriptive vs. Theoretical Approaches to Psychiatric Classification; Jonathan Tsou.- Chapter 4. DSM-5: The Delayed Demise of Descriptive Diagnosis; Stuart A. Kirk, David Cohen, Tomi Gomory.- Chapter 5. Must Disorders Cause Harm? The Changing Stance of the DSM; Rachel Cooper.- Chapter 6.‘Deviant Deviance’: Cultural Diversity in DSM-5; Dominic Murphy.- Part II. Specific issues.- Chapter 7. Danger and Difference: The Stakes of Hebephilia; Patrick Singy.- Chapter 8. Sexual Dysfunctions and Asexuality in DSM-5; Andrew Hinderliter.- Chapter 9. The Crippling Legacy of Monomanias in DSM-5; John Z. Sadler.- Chapter 10. The Loss of Grief: Science and Pseudoscience in the Debate Over DSM-5’s Elimination of the Bereavement Exclusion; Jerome Wakefield.- Chapter 11. Against Hyponarrating Grief: Incompatible Research and Treatment Interests in the DSM-5; Şerife Tekin.- Chapter 12. RDoC: Thinking Outside the DSM Box without Falling into a Reductionist Trap; Luc Faucher and Simon Goyer.- Chapter 13. DSM-5 and the Reconceptualization of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Anthropological Perspective from the Neuroscience Laboratory; Baptiste Moutaud.


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ISBN-13: 9789401797658
Publisher: Springer (Springer Netherlands)
Publication date: March, 2015
Pages: 220

Subcategories: Psychiatry