`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

Psychopathology is a Reality and Psychodiagnosis is a Necessity

Psychopathology is a Reality and Psychodiagnosis is a Necessity

Psychopathology is a reality and psychodiagnosis is a necessity
Norman D.Macaskill

Heat rather than light is almost invariably the sole end result of any debate characterized by dichotomous thinking, which leads to an overriding wish to defend the cherished position rather than explore the validity and value of the viewpoint of one's opponent.

Therefore, in writing an essay in defence of psychiatric classification and its value in assessing and treating patients effectively, it is important that I clarify the precise position I wish to defend and not be drawn into defending what I believe is a caricature and misinterpretation of modern psychiatric classification systems such as Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (APA, 1994), and their ...

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