Bias In Psychiatric Diagnosis / Edition 1by Paula J. Caplan
Pub. Date: 10/28/2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
The public has a right to know that when they go to a therapist, they are almost certain to be given a psychiatric diagnosis, no matter how mild or normal their problems might be. It is unlikely that they will be told that a diagnosis will be written forever in their chart and that alarming consequences can result solely from having any psychiatric diagnosis. It… See more details below
The public has a right to know that when they go to a therapist, they are almost certain to be given a psychiatric diagnosis, no matter how mild or normal their problems might be. It is unlikely that they will be told that a diagnosis will be written forever in their chart and that alarming consequences can result solely from having any psychiatric diagnosis. It would be disturbing enough if diagnosis was a thoroughly scientific process, but it is not, and its unscientific nature creates a vacuum into which biases of all kinds can rush. Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis is the first book ever published about how gender, race, social class, age, physical disability, and sexual orientation affect the classification of human beings into categories of psychiatric diagnosis. It is surprising that this kind of book is not yet on the market, because it is such a hot topic, and the negative consequences of psychiatric diagnosis range from loss of custody of a child to denial of health insurance and employment to removal of one's right to make decisions about one's legal affairs. It is an unusually compelling book because of its real-life relevance for millions of people. Virtually everyone these days has been a therapy patient or has a loved one who has been. In addition, psychiatric diagnosis and biases in diagnosis are increasingly crucial portions of, or the main subject of, legal proceedings. This book should sit next to every doctor's PDR, especially given the skyrocketing use of psychoactive drugs in toddlers, children, and adolescents, as well as in adults, and especially because receiving a psychiatric label vastly increases the chances of being prescribed one or more of these drugs. A Jason Aronson Book
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Is This Really Necessary? Part 3 Part I The Creation of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis Chapter 4 The Construction Of Illness Chapter 5 The Deep Structure of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis Chapter 6 Creating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Study of the History, Sociology, and Politics of Psychiatric Classification Chapter 7 Abnormal Psychology Textbooks Exclude Feminist Criticism of the DSM Part 8 Part II Legal Implications of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis Chapter 9 Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Legal System Chapter 10 Bias and Subjectivity in Diagnosing Mental Retardation in Death Penalty Cases Chapter 11 What Is It That's Being Called "Parental Alienation Syndrome"? Part 12 Part III Some Forms that Bias Takes Chapter 13 The Intersection of Racism and Sexism in Psychiatric Diagnosis Chapter 14 Clinical Cases and the Intersection of Sexism and Racism Chapter 15 Should Racism Be Classified As a Mental Illness? Chapter 16 Ageism in Psychiatric Diagnosis Chapter 17 The Psychiatric Policing of America's Children Chapter 18 Confusing Terms and False Dichotomies in Learning Disabilities Chapter 19 Diagnosis of Low-Income Women Chapter 20 Seeking "Normal" Sexuality on a Complex Matrix Chapter 21 Gender Bias and Sex Distribution of Mental Disorders in DSM-IV-TR Chapter 22 Mislabeling Anxiety and Depression in Rural Women Part 23 Part IV Specific Labels Chapter 24 Bias and Schizophrenia Chapter 25 The Truth about "False Memory Syndrome" Chapter 26 Reclaiming the Meanings of "Self-esteem" Chapter 27 Agoraphobia Chapter 28 Depression in women Chapter 29 The "Eating-Disordered" Patient Chapter 30 The Fine Line between Clinical and Subclinical Anorexia Chapter 31 Histrionic Personality Chapter 32 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Chapter 33 Some Gender Biases in Diagnosing Traumatized Women Chapter 34 Medicalizing Menstrual Distress Part 35 Part V Moving Ahead Chapter 36 A New View of Women's Sexual Problems Chapter 37 Resisting Diagnosis Chapter 38 The Importance of Critical Inquiry Chapter 39 Some Future Contenders
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