"I would recommend this book to anyone practicing in the mental health field and to consumers in mental health." (Metapsychology Online Review, June 2002)
"some useful background to the contemporary debate…" (Human Nature Review, Vol.2 2002)
"…an excellent reflection on psychiatric diagnosis and classification…" (Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, Vol.71, No.6, 2002)
This book provides an overview of the strengths and limitations of the currently available systems for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, in particular the DSM-IV and the ICD-10, and of the prospects for future developments.
Among the covered issues are:
The impact of biological research
The diagnosis of mental disorders in primary care
The usefulness and limitations of the concept of comorbidity in psychiatry
The role of understanding and empathy in the diagnostic process
The ethical, legal and social aspects of psychiatric classification
Psychiatric Diagnosis & Classification provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of available diagnostic and classificatory systems in psychiatry and the improvements that are needed.