What’s The Value Of A Diagnostic Category In The DSM?

Gary Greenberg on the Role of Economic Factors in the Shaping of the DSM

Creating useful constructs that enable clinicians to communicate more effectively is the intended purpose of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual. The reality is that by giving diagnostic criteria and a name to a specific human suffering, an entry in the DSM increases the likelihood of research and treatment dollars going to that condition.

On the one hand, this is a great service. It allows people to get treatment, sympathy, and tolerance. On the other hand, it invests a DSM category with economic value that is closely related to success in securing research funds.

No wonder there is so much controversy about what’s in and what’s out.

Click on the video frame below to hear how Gary Greenberg–author of The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry–explains this.

Gary Greenburg, PhD. is a practicing psychotherapist, the author of four books, including The Book of Woe, a contributing writer for Mother Jones, and a contributing editor for Harper’s. This clip is taken from his session in our DSM-5 video course:

The Uproar Over DSM-5: How The New Standards Affect Your PracticeLike it or not, DSM dictates how we think about mental disorders, diagnoses, clinical research, and insurance coverage. The changes in this new edition will affect how you practice, and this series covers what you need to know:

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