Beyond the DSM Story presents challenges to the Diagnostic Statistical Model (DSM) system from ethical and cultural perspectives, critically evaluating its fit with other professional and theoretical orientations. It offers possible solutions or best practices for addressing ethical, theoretical, and contextual quandaries, along with experiential activities that challenge the reader to think critically about both the problems and the solutions associated with DSM diagnosis. Beyond the DSM Story presents an atheoretical model for incorporating alternative models with DSM assessment. Instructors, students and practitioners will benefit from this critical appraisal of the DSM.

The Price of Diagnosis

The price of diagnosis

Mental health professionals would clearly not engage in diagnosis or use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; when used in this way, we are referring to any version; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1980, 1994, 2000) diagnostic systems were it not for this model's perceived benefits. The DSM system of diagnosis is the ...

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