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Whose Symptoms, of What?
Whose symptoms, of what?

This chapter focuses on symptomatology, on the ways in which people today are understood according to particular categories of distress. We describe the ways in which the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (JeD) are used to produce different pictures of the individual as ‘abnormal’. We then look at the demarcation disputes between different disciplines, particularly between clinical psychology and psychiatry, over the nature and treatment of mental distress. We also describe the way in which other professionals are affected by this dispute.

We open this chapter with a set of puzzles. These puzzles concern the failure of the DSM or the ICD adequately to ...

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