TITLE

Psychiatric Diagnosis as a Precursor to Research Difficulties in Mental Health

AUTHOR(S)
Russell, Denise
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Spring2007, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The starting point for most mental health research is psychiatric diagnosis. If diagnoses are controversial or unreliable, then the results of the research will be difficult to interpret and its value will be undercut. The most widely used system of psychiatric diagnosis is found in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This article looks at the conceptual core of diagnosis in the latest manual, examines the definition of mental disorder, and exposes some key underlying conceptual issues especially with regard to the notions of "distress," "impairment," and "dysfunction." The role of subjectivity and values in the application of these concepts is also stressed and discussed in relation to specific mental disorders.
ACCESSION #
25121064

 

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