Tags : :
It's been very interesting to see what the National Institute for Mental Health has come out with over the last few days, basically looking to ditch the DSM and talking about #transformingdiagnosis
But then yesterday I read this from Dr Dorothy (Dottie) Morgan on the PCINTL listserv and found it a refreshingly alternative take on the diagnostic monolith:
[W], you made a passing reference to the DSM in one of your postings which sounded disparaging to me. I had told you in the Skype group that I am discarding all but about 25 of my books (I am in purge mode) and mentioned that the DSM III, DSM IV and DSM IV-TR would be 3 of the 25 which I retain.
I know it disturbs others in the community when there are references to diagnosis but I actually find them fascinating because I suspect that every single "symptom" of psychopathology which exists is actually a clue to human nature/functioning. Depression serves the function of slowing us down so that we can re-evaluate or change our course, etc. Loose thought associations are related to creativity, etc. (although it appears that creativity has an even stronger relationship to mania than schizophrenia). Anyway, the symptoms and the way that they tend to cluster I suspect are clues in a treasure hunt of how the human brain functions. I suspect that we all have all of the symptoms at some time, it is just a matter of where we fall on the bell curve in relation to any "symptom".
Just thinking this might help you to understand and bristle less when I discuss things in relation to the DSM or use diagnoses.
I wonder of other relationships with the DSM - what's yours?
Paul | Forum Admin 'Team'
All replies welcome - registration required.