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

Gary Greenberg On The Role Of Economic Factors In 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.

This is just one of the many factors Gary lays out to help make sense of the controversies surrounding the DSM-5 in our new webcast series.

The Uproar Over DSM-5:
How The New Standards Affect Your Practice

Click here for full course details.

Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

Allen Frances on Saving Normal: Has Psychiatric Diagnosis Gotten Out of Control?
Learn why the head of the DSM-IV Task Force believes that “DSM-5 is a sad moment in the history of psychiatry.”

Martha Teater on Navigating the New DSM-5: Ten Ways It Will Impact Your Practice
Get a concise overview of the major revisions in DSM-5 by a presenter who has already trained 4,000 therapists in the new DSM system.

Darrel Regier on Answering the Critics: Inside the Decision-Making for DSM-5
Hear about the scientific rationale behind the major changes in the new DSM from the Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force.

Jack Klott on Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment Using DSM-5
Explore how DSM-5 can enhance your case conceptualization and understanding of your clients’ behavior.

Gary Greenberg on The Book of Woe: DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Take a look at the blend of hard science, institutional politics, public relations, and bureaucratic in-fighting that helped shape DSM-5.

David Mays on Beyond DSM-5: The Future of Treating Mental Disorders
Examine the latest developments in the field that will eventually lead to radical changes in the next edition of the DSM.

The Uproar Over DSM-5 Webcast Series
Starts Next Wednesday, September 18.

Get course details here

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