Making Diagnosis Meaningful: Enhancing Evaluation and Treatment of Psychological Disorders
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–IV (DSM–IV) has long been considered the Bible of diagnosis and treatment, and is the foundation of treatment decisions made by managed care companies. Yet many mental health professionals are expressing increasing, and voluble, discontent with the DSM as a diagnostic tool. Among the criticisms they direct at the DSM include its reliance on a medical model and its excessive focus on reliability at the expense of validity.
The contributors to this volume explore these and many other concerns about the DSM system and propose new ways of looking at the diagnostic and treatment activities of therapists. This thought-provoking collection of diverse professional viewpoints, edited by James W. Barron, contributes to the ongoing dialogue about diagnosis and how it can be meaningfully related to what clinicians do in their actual work with patients.