What makes a person crazy? Nowadays it's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). For many mental health professionals, the DSM is an indispensable diagnostic tool, and as the standard reference book for psychiatrists and other psychotherapists everywhere, it has had an inestimable influence on the way we view other human beings. Deciding what weWhat makes a person crazy? Nowadays it's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). For many mental health professionals, the DSM is an indispensable diagnostic tool, and as the standard reference book for psychiatrists and other psychotherapists everywhere, it has had an inestimable influence on the way we view other human beings. Deciding what we consider sane and normal, and reflecting the prejudices and values of each generation, it's not surprising that the DSM has become a battleground. But things have taken a strange turn. The fight is no longer about who escapes DSM labeling, but rather, how a person can qualify for a diagnosis. Now, mental health professionals must label their clients as pathological in order for them to be reimbursed by their insurance companies. This disturbing trend toward making us crazy when we are simply grappling with everyday concerns has even worse public implications. In Making Us Crazy, Professors Kutchins and Kirk reveal how the DSM is used to assassinate character and slander the opposition, often for political or monetary gain. None of this misuse bodes well for the future of mental health. Even children are being overdiagnosed and given drugs they don't need. Making Us Crazy is the long-needed antidote to the claims made about the DSM. Kutchins and Kirk argue that the DSM is not the scientifically based reference work it purports to be, but rather a collection of current phobias and popular mores....
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Making Us Crazy Reviews
I read this in between my first and second year of grad school (getting a degree in clinical social work), and I am SO glad I did. It still weighs heavily on my perception of the people I come into contact with on a daily basis. It is a big reminder for me to always understand the person as a person, not as an illness. Anyone who has a job that requires them to utilize the DSM (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual) would benefit from reading this book. Why it isn't 5 stars: the authors are not exactly objective and have a clearly liberal agenda. While not bad in and of itself, it sometimes colors their commentary too much, imho.
A frightening look at the creation of psychiatry’s Holy Book, the DSM-IV. Like all holy books, the DSM-IV is a mixture of hearsay, rumour, fantasy, superstition, prejudice, politics and sheer silliness. It’s the heart and soul of modern psychiatry, and it’s what makes psychiatry a less scientific version of voodoo. The authors also document the extent to which the DSM-IV was the product of the financial demands of the insurance industry, and the extent to which it is a product of political bigotry.
I read this in graduate school many years ago so the information is not that fresh. To keep it brief, I consider this a must read for all professions which use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It provides a decent beginning to under nosological aspects of the DSM and how they are not always based on science but rather political motives, etc.
An interesting discussion and introduction of the political uses of psychiatry. Not sufficiently scholarly, but it is in my view an adequate starting point.
SO looking forward to the day when insurance companies don't require a Diagnosable Problem to support their insured in seeking support for difficulties.