Rethinking the DSM: A Psychological Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

Rethinking the DSM reflects the dissatisfaction of a growing number of mental-health professionals who question the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' (DSM) lack of strong empirical foundations and who are confounded by its patchwork of vaguely defined disorders, each defined by seemingly arbitrary time limits or poorly related symptoms. Expressing concern about whether the DSM truly provides a method for differentiating normal from pathological, clinicians and therapists alike wonder if the DSM should remain the diagnostic tool of choice.

Here readers will find thought-provoking essays on alternative systems within a number of theoretical orientations including psychodynamic, narrative, and cognitive/biological. Rethinking the DSM will challenge readers to move away from conventional thinking and engage in continued dialogue and discussion about specific modifications and alternatives to the DSM. Such work will eventually lay the groundwork for systems that may better serve the needs of mental health care clients.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides an open and unbiased discussion of our current classification system within the field of mental health through a series of scholarly essays.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a critical evaluation of the DSM and fully weigh the pros and cons of this current diagnostic system. Furthermore, this book attempts to be a catalyst for raising awareness of the need for a more effective diagnostic system and provide readers with ideas for alternative methods for employing such change. The editors have carefully chosen contributors who are thought leaders in the area of diagnostics, and these contributors accurately discuss the limitations and strengths of the DSM with clinicians' needs in mind. The editors clearly accomplish their objectives. "
Audience: Intended mainly for clinical and research psychologists, psychiatrists would obviously benefit from this work. The contributing authors as well as the editors are unquestionably experts in the field, credible, and strong diagnosticians.
Features: "The book provides a solid foundation on diagnostics and classification. The alternative methods for classification and the critique of our current system are exceptionally well written and thought provoking. Highlights include the ever controversial diagnosis of children and adolescents per the DSM and the need for a model-based approach for this population along with the chapter on diagnosis and treatment guidelines for depression. "
Assessment: Finally there is a book that intelligently discusses the strengths and shortcomings of the DSM and is not afraid to offer alternative suggestions to the DSM. This book takes on the heated question of whether the DSM can and should be the diagnostic tool across the mental health field. This book offers the field an invaluable discussion on a topic that cuts across psychology and psychiatry. It is highly recommended not only for its content but also for its ability to stimulate the reader's own thinking.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides an open and unbiased discussion of our current classification system within the field of mental health through a series of scholarly essays.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a critical evaluation of the DSM and fully weigh the pros and cons of this current diagnostic system. Furthermore, this book attempts to be a catalyst for raising awareness of the need for a more effective diagnostic system and provide readers with ideas for alternative methods for employing such change. The editors have carefully chosen contributors who are thought leaders in the area of diagnostics, and these contributors accurately discuss the limitations and strengths of the DSM with clinicians' needs in mind. The editors clearly accomplish their objectives. "
Audience: Intended mainly for clinical and research psychologists, psychiatrists would obviously benefit from this work. The contributing authors as well as the editors are unquestionably experts in the field, credible, and strong diagnosticians.
Features: "The book provides a solid foundation on diagnostics and classification. The alternative methods for classification and the critique of our current system are exceptionally well written and thought provoking. Highlights include the ever controversial diagnosis of children and adolescents per the DSM and the need for a model-based approach for this population along with the chapter on diagnosis and treatment guidelines for depression. "
Assessment: Finally there is a book that intelligently discusses the strengths and shortcomings of the DSM and is not afraid to offer alternative suggestions to the DSM. This book takes on the heated question of whether the DSM can and should be the diagnostic tool across the mental health field. This book offers the field an invaluable discussion on a topic that cuts across psychology and psychiatry. It is highly recommended not only for its content but also for its ability to stimulate the reader's own thinking.
From The Critics
For the past half century, the American Psychiatric Association's has been the primary basis for classifying mental disorders in the US. Between the 1952 first edition and the most recent in 1994, categories have expanded and contracted, but have not changed themselves. Scholars of psychology at US universities explore how they might be redrawn to reflect current thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557988416
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 4/15/2002
  • Series: Decade of Behavior Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Ch. 1 The Emergence of Dissatisfaction With the DSM 3
Ch. 2 Discovery, Invention, and the Expansion of the Modern Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals of Mental Disorders 17
Ch. 3 Implications of Information-Gathering Methods for a Refined Taxonomy of Psychopathology 69
Ch. 4 Taxometrics Can "Do Diagnostics Right" (And Isn't Quite as Hard as You Think) 107
Ch. 5 Psychiatric Classification Through the Lens of Ethnobiology 121
Ch. 6 Assessing Psychopathology: A Narrative Approach 149
Ch. 7 Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnostics: A New Diagnostic Approach in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 177
Ch. 8 Child and Adolescent Diagnosis: The Need for a Model-Based Approach 201
Ch. 9 Simplifying Diagnosis Using a Prototype-Matching Approach: Implications for the Next Edition of the DSM 221
Ch. 10 Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines: The Example of Depression 251
Ch. 11 The Honor Kraepelin ...: From Symptoms to Pathology in the Diagnosis of Mental Illness 279
Author Index 305
Subject Index 319
About the Editors 331
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