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Keeping an eye on the diagnostic manual

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A useful website here keeping an eye on the controversial development of version 5 of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual. The development raises a whole range of issues around the definition of abnormality, the medicalisation of psychological conditions, and the role of drug companies in pushing particular kinds of syndromes, diagnoses, and treatments. A case in point of the latter is female hypoactive sexual desire disorder, being pushed as a neurologically founded disorder in individual women best treated through drug therapy, with no reference to the conditions of “sufferer’s” lives, or the quality of relationships, or the performances of their partners; and limited attention to psychological rather than chemical intervention. Good news for the drug companies, bad news for women. There’s a great post on this here.


Written by daijones

January 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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  1. The revised DSM-V has the neo kraepelinian’s salivating. Grrr. And it is late coming to fruition as so much dissent about what could be / should be included. One good thing is that borderline personality disorder (BPD), much associated with us girls, is now considered as a response to trauma and therefore much less stigmatising. And about time 🙂

    Michelle Huws-Thomas

    February 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • Hopefully less stigmatising, sadly some people find stigma anywhere 😦 It could potentially be used as a basis for a claim that women especially can’t cope with trauma “properly” and so develop mental illness, so maintaining old prejudices. Don’t get me started on HSDD!


      February 29, 2012 at 2:01 am

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