Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders Essay

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Diagnostic Inflation Diagnostic inflation began to make its debut after the publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-3), which introduced many new diagnoses with low, easily obtainable thresholds that generated high prevalence rates (Batstra & Frances, 2012). This publication was quickly accessible not only to clinicians, but the general public as well creating an increase in patients seen by mental health workers. This trend of self-diagnosing continued as the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published. In the book Saving Normal, Dr. Allen Frances supports this thought by stating “the DSM-5 included symptoms that are a part of everyday life and commonly encountered in the general population” (p. 176). Many people attributed common symptoms as an immediate mental health disorder and sought professional help in curing symptoms; resulting in an inflation of mental health diagnoses. What was once seen as a simple temper tantrum with children is now defined as a possible psychiatric disorder (Frances, 2013). Those who mourned the loss of a loved one are now considered to be suffering with a major depressive disorder (MDD) (Frances, 2013). Passion or over involvement with a task or possession could now be considered to be an additive disorder (Frances, 2013). While, mixed anxiety/depression turned everyone into a potential patient (Frances, 2013). The immediate…

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