What’s A Mental Disorder? Even Experts Can’t Agree

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The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM, updated roughly every 15 years, has detailed descriptions of all the mental disorders officially recognized by psychiatry. It’s used by psychiatrists, insurance companies, drug researchers, the courts and even schools.

But it’s not without controversy: The proposed changes suggested this year have sparked a kind of civil war within psychiatry……

Reported by Alix Spiegel
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http://www.npr.org/2010/12/29/132407384/whats-a-mental-disorder-even-experts-cant-agree

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