A Global Platform for Rethinking Mental Health
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Something new is happening in the world of mental health. In recent years, professionals from across the varied mental health disciplines—psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and others—have begun to ask questions about some of the basic assumptions that form the very foundation of our work. At the heart of these questions is a growing doubt about the official diagnostic systems for mental disorder.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are the two official diagnostic systems currently in use in the United States and abroad. Since the late 1970s, these parallel manuals have loosely followed the “neo-Kraepelinian” system, a categorical diagnostic paradigm containing criterion-based descriptions of mental disorders and their corresponding symptoms. The neo-Kraepelinian approach was expected to elevate psychiatric diagnosis to the standards of general medicine, and after its introduction, diagnosis became increasingly central to clinical research and practice. Today, researchers and practitioners across the globe use the DSM and ICD on a daily basis to understand and communicate about the mental distress reported by their patients, clients, and research participants. Over the past three decades, mental health practice has become virtually synonymous with the diagnosis of mental disorder. Read More: http://dxsummit.org/about
A Post-DSM Research Agenda