The Book of Woe: the Dsm And the Unmaking of Psychiatry by Gary Greenberg
Since its first edition in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been regarded as the leading authority on mental-health diagnosis and research. But throughout the DSM's various iterations, debate has raged over which psychological problems constitute mental illness Ñ homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973, and Asperger's gained recognition in 1994, only to see its status challenged nearly 20 years later.
By examining the history of the DSM and the controversies over its latest revisions, Greenberg challenges the status quo of modern psychiatric practice. He shows how difficult Ñ even impossible Ñ it is to rigorously differentiate mental illness from everyday suffering; and he sheds light on how the politics behind mental-health classification has caused diagnosis rates of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder to skyrocket.
Drawing on interviews with people on all sides of the debate, on historical examples, and on case studies from his own practice, Greenberg ultimately argues for a more humanistic approach to psychiatry. A combination of lively reportage and biting analysis, The Book of Woe will prove invaluable for expert and casual readers alike. This 2013 Scribe Publications Paperback is in Very Good condition.
ISBN: 9781922070654 SKU: 1199124 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.