Friday, February 10, 2012

On DSM 5

I have weighed different opinions about the planned changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the upcoming fifth edition, I've read things and listened to people, and have come to the conclusion that its release needs to be stopped. It takes away diagnoses from people, particularly Asperger's Syndrome, and adds some things which are, at best, questionable as mental disorders and at worst, pathologize (is that actually a word) slightly different behaviours or normalize deviant behaviours. Is this a case of too many chefs spoiling the broth? Or do we have chefs who have lost touch with people?

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