At what point should a diagnosis be medical—in the ICD—as opposed to mental—in the DSM?
Psychiatrists are working on the next version of the hefty psychiatric "bible" of diagnoses (DSM-V) to replace the current DSM-IV. In newspapers around the country, an article is circulating about it. Here is a link to one copy of the article, in the New York Times: Psychiatrists Revise the Book of Human Troubles
The debates are passionate, because many “mental” disorders are “medical,” “biological,” “physical.”
Children whose brain is affected by medical/biomedical, neurobiological, metabolic, functional problems, although not of a psychological/emotional origin, may still be diagnosed as what society euphemistically refers to as "mental illness." Isn't it time to start calling those illnesses what they really are--ILLNESS--same as any other? (Español)
Friday, December 19, 2008
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