Date: 27 May 2014
Rachel Cooper's new book Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014) has just been published. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as the D.S.M., is published by the American Psychiatric Association, and aims to list and describe all mental disorders. The publication of D.S.M-5 in 2013 brought many changes. Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is written for those who wonder whether the D.S.M.-5 now classifies the right people in the right way. It is aimed at patients, mental health professionals, and academics with an interest in mental health. Issues addressed include: How is the D.S.M. affected by financial links with the pharmaceutical industry? To what extent were patients involved in revising the classification? How are diagnoses added to the D.S.M.? Does medicalization threaten the idea that anyone is normal? What happens when changes to diagnostic criteria mean that people lose their diagnoses? How important will the D.S.M. be in the future?
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