DSM is the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic of Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It contains all known mental health disorders and offers a multiaxial classification:
- Individuals rated on multiple axes using diagnostic categories.
- Diagnosis is now more concrete and descriptive.
- Classifications help new information about a disorder to be acquired and this can help in treatments and medication.
- This however is criticised as stigmatising people and ignoring uniqueness and using artificial groups.
Rosenhan - psychiatric classification can be inaccurate
Method 1: Field study using 8 normal people who tried to be admitted…