We need to rethink how we classify mental illness | Tamara Kayali Browne

How do we decide what emotions, thoughts and behaviours are normal, abnormal or pathological? This is essentially what a select group of psychiatrists decide each time they revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a bible for mental health professionals worldwide. Questions like these are unavoidable and cannot be answered by science alone. This point was famously demonstrated when homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in the DSM in 1973 by a simple vote. The DSM was first published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952 to create a common language and standard criteria for the...

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