Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DSM-5: Medicalising grief?

One of the live debates in mental health at the moment concerns the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Many argue that its multiplication of the number of psychiatric disorders represents a medicalising of normal human emotions such as grief.

This BBC Radio 4 programme gives a good introduction to the debate.

1 comment:

Tristan said...

Its not just emotions like grief, there's increasing argument that the diagnosis of ADD (the definition of which is becoming broader) is medicalising normal child behaviour.
Thinking about Just William - he'd probably be dosed up with Ritalin these days...