Making Us Crazy : DSM : the Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders

Making Us Crazy : DSM : the Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 305 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780684822808
  • DDC分類 616.89075

Full Description

What makes a person crazy? Nowadays it's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). For many mental health professionals, the DSM is an indispensable diagnostic tool, and as the standard reference book for psychiatrists and other psychotherapists everywhere, it has had an inestimable influence on the way we view other human beings. Deciding what we consider sane and normal, and reflecting the prejudices and values of each generation, it's not surprising that the DSM has become a battleground. But things have taken a strange turn. The fight is no longer about who escapes DSM labeling, but rather, how a person can qualify for a diagnosis. Now, mental health professionals must label their clients as pathological in order for them to be reimbursed by their insurance companies. This disturbing trend toward making us crazy when we are simply grappling with everyday concerns has even worse public implications. In Making Us Crazy, Professors Kutchins and Kirk reveal how the DSM is used to assassinate character and slander the opposition, often for political or monetary gain. None of this misuse bodes well for the future of mental health. Even children are being overdiagnosed and given drugs they don't need. Making Us Crazy is the long-needed antidote to the claims made about the DSM. Kutchins and Kirk argue that the DSM is not the scientifically based reference work it purports to be, but rather a collection of current phobias and popular mores.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
1 Doubting Thomas: Psychiatric Diagnosis and 1 (20)
the Anita Hill Controversy
2 Pathologizing Everyday Behavior 21 (34)
3 The Fall and Rise of Homosexuality 55 (45)
4 Bringing the War Back to DSM 100(26)
5 The Defeat of Masochistic Personality 126(50)
6 Border Wars: Borderline Personality 176(24)
Disorder (or, How Patients Seduce Their
7 The Enduring Legacy of Racism in the 200(38)
Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
8 Diagnosing the Psychiatric Bible 238(28)
Notes 266(29)
Index 295