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How are decisions made about who is normal? As a former consultant to those who construct the “bible of the mental-health professions,” the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), Paula Caplan offers and insider’s look at the process by which decisions about abnormality are made. Cutting through the professional psycho-babble, Caplan clearly assesses the astonishing extent to which scientific methods and evidence are disregarded as the handbook is developed. A must read for consumers and practitioners of the mental-health establishment, which through its creation of potentially damaging interpretations and labels, has the power to alter our lives in devastating ways.
Discusses how the DSM is developed/assesses the extent to which scientific methods are disregarded/etc.
|1||How Do They Decide Who Is Normal?||1|
|2||Whose Normality Is It, Anyway?||33|
|3||Do Mental Health Professionals Think Anyone Is Normal?||59|
|4||How the American Psychiatric Association Decides Who Is Not Normal - Part I||83|
|5||How the American Psychiatric Association Decides Who Is Not Normal - Part II||122|
|6||Delusional Dominating Personality Disorder: "If This Sounds Discouraging, I'm Afraid It Is Meant To"||168|
|7||How Gatekeeping Replaces Scientific Precision||185|
|8||What Motivates the DSM Authors?||226|
|9||Media: The Good and the Bad||240|
|10||Where's the Harm, and What Will Help?||272|
|Appendix A: Newspaper and Magazine Articles about PMDD||291|
|Appendix B: Broadcast Segments or Shows about LLPDD/PMDD||293|
Posted April 10, 2009
This book does what it sets out to do from the writer prespective. Dr. Caplan opened my eyes and reminded me to take a second look at what I will diagnose and not believe everything that I am told. She reminded me about the importance of doing my homework/research. OMG! She went up against the DSM and she is still standing, was my first thought after I read this book. Very good book that I feel all individuals should read that will have any dealings with the DSM whether you are a counselor or a patient.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.