Making the DSM-5

Concepts and Controversies

  • Joel Paris
  • James Phillips

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Historical/Ideological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Edward Shorter
      Pages 3-19
    3. John Z. Sadler
      Pages 21-38
    4. Joel Paris
      Pages 39-44
  3. Ideological and Conceptual Perspectives

  4. Conceptual Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Aaron L. Mishara, Michael A. Schwartz
      Pages 125-142
    3. James Phillips
      Pages 143-157
    4. James Phillips
      Pages 159-175
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-180

About this book


In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the 5th edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Often referred to as the “bible” of psychiatry, the manual only classifies mental disorders and does not explain them or guide their treatment. While science should be the basis of any diagnostic system, to date, there is no knowledge on whether most conditions listed in the manual are true diseases. Moreover, in DSM-5 the overall definition of mental disorder is weak, failing to distinguish psychopathology from normality. In spite of all the progress that has been made in neuroscience over the last few decades, the psychiatric community is no closer to understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of mental disorders than it was fifty years ago.


In Making the DSM-5, prominent experts delve into the debate about psychiatric nosology and examine the conceptual and pragmatic issues underlying the new manual. While retracing the historic controversy over DSM, considering the political context and economic impact of the manual, and focusing on what was revised or left unchanged in the new edition, this timely volume addresses the main concerns of the future of psychiatry and questions whether the DSM legacy can truly improve the specialty and advance its goals. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joel Paris
    • 1
  • James Phillips
    • 2
  1. 1.Jewish General Hospital, Department of PsychiatrySir Mortimer B. DavisMontrealCanada
  2. 2., Department of PsychiatryYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6503-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6504-1
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