Making the DSM-5: Concepts and Controversies

Overview

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the 5thedition of itsDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM-5). Often referred to as the “bible” of psychiatry, the manual only classifies mental disorders and does not explain them or guide their treatment. While science should be the basis of any diagnostic system, to date, there is no knowledge on whether most conditions listed in the manual are true diseases. Moreover, in DSM-5 the overall definition of mental disorder is weak, failing...

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Overview

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the 5thedition of itsDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM-5). Often referred to as the “bible” of psychiatry, the manual only classifies mental disorders and does not explain them or guide their treatment. While science should be the basis of any diagnostic system, to date, there is no knowledge on whether most conditions listed in the manual are true diseases. Moreover, in DSM-5 the overall definition of mental disorder is weak, failing to distinguish psychopathology from normality. In spite of all the progress that has been made in neuroscience over the last few decades, the psychiatric community is no closer to understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of mental disorders than it was fifty years ago.

InMaking the DSM-5, prominent experts delve into the debate about psychiatric nosology and examine the conceptual and pragmatic issues underlying the new manual. While retracing the historic controversy over DSM, considering the political context and economic impact of the manual, and focusing on what was revised or left unchanged in the new edition, this timely volume addresses the main concerns of the future of psychiatry and questions whether the DSM legacy can truly improve the specialty and advance its goals.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book addresses the formation of the DSM-5 and the problems with the manual itself.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the issues underlying the DSM-5 and what has contributed to them.
Audience: The audience includes anyone interested in the field of mental health and the DSM-5 in particular.
Features: The book begins with historical and ideological perspectives, including the history of the DSM and the ideology behind the DSM-5. The next section continues in the same vein, but with more of a focus on conceptual ideas such as defining "mental disorder." Important here are the discussions around establishing normative validity and the death of dimensionality in the DSM-5 process. The last section details the philosophy behind each of the last three DSMs and addresses the problems of overdiagnosing and underdiagnosing. The conclusion is quite good, providing a succinct accounting of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an excellent counterpoint to the DSM-5 itself. It is not diagnostic tool, but instead makes readers aware of the problems with the DSM-5 and what has contributed to them. There is a great deal of discussion about making normal behavior pathological and the attempts to make neuroscience the basis of diagnoses. The writers are all experts in their field and were major players in the formation of the DSM-IV, so they speak from experience. The politics behind the "bible of psychiatry" are fascinating and at times depressing. It will definitely open readers' eyes to how little we still know and how artificial our constructs are for understanding mental illness. It is a short book and I would highly recommend taking the time to read it.
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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book addresses the formation of the DSM-5 and the problems with the manual itself.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the issues underlying the DSM-5 and what has contributed to them.
Audience: The audience includes anyone interested in the field of mental health and the DSM-5 in particular.
Features: The book begins with historical and ideological perspectives, including the history of the DSM and the ideology behind the DSM-5. The next section continues in the same vein, but with more of a focus on conceptual ideas such as defining "mental disorder." Important here are the discussions around establishing normative validity and the death of dimensionality in the DSM-5 process. The last section details the philosophy behind each of the last three DSMs and addresses the problems of overdiagnosing and underdiagnosing. The conclusion is quite good, providing a succinct accounting of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an excellent counterpoint to the DSM-5 itself. It is not diagnostic tool, but instead makes readers aware of the problems with the DSM-5 and what has contributed to them. There is a great deal of discussion about making normal behavior pathological and the attempts to make neuroscience the basis of diagnoses. The writers are all experts in their field and were major players in the formation of the DSM-IV, so they speak from experience. The politics behind the "bible of psychiatry" are fascinating and at times depressing. It will definitely open readers' eyes to how little we still know and how artificial our constructs are for understanding mental illness. It is a short book and I would highly recommend taking the time to read it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461465034
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 6/30/2013
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 906,141
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Paris, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, and Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital.

James Phillips, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is in the private practice of general and forensic psychiatry. In the Yale department he is involved in residency training, the Hispanic Clinic, and the Global Mental Health Committee. He has a long involvement with the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, serving as Secretary and as editor of the Bulletin of AAPP.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical/Ideological Perspectives

1. The History of DSM

Edward Shorter

2. Considering the Economy of DSM Alternatives

John Z. Sadler

3. The Ideology behind DSM-5

Joel Paris

Part 2: Ideological and Conceptual Perspectives

4. The Biopolitics of Defining “Mental Disorder”

Warren A. Kinghorn

5. Establishing Normative Validity for Scientific Psychiatric Nosology: The Significance of Integrating Patient Perspectives

Douglas Porter

6. The Paradox of Professional Success: Grand Ambition, Furious Resistance, and the Derailment of the DSM-5 Revision

Owen Whooley and Allan V. Horwitz

Part 3: Conceptual Perspectives

7. DSM in Philosophyland: Curiouser and Curiouser

Allen Frances

8. Overdiagnosis, Underdiagnosis, Synthesis: A Dialectic for Psychiatry and the DSM

Joseph M. Pierre

9. What does Phenomenology Contribute to the Debate about DSM-5

Aaron Mishara and Michael A. Schwartz

10. The Conceptual Status of DSM-5 Diagnoses

James Phillips

11.Conclusion

James Phillips

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