Thoughts on Psychology

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.

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