In this section Stijn Vanheule points out that worldwide an increasing number of people suffer from mental health problems. At the same time numerous scholars have been increasingly warning us against the tendency toward overdiagnosis. This paradox points to the heart of all mental health-related professional action: diagnoses should accurately grasp the problems people suffer from, and should not be influenced by the whims and fancies of third parties that might profit at the expense of potential patients. In the introduction two diagnostic approaches are contrasted: psychiatric classification and clinical case formulations. The author explains that the book examines core assumptions underlying both approaches, and reviews evidence concerning their scientific status and subjective impact on patients and society.
KeywordsMental Health Problem Mental Distress Symptom Formation Psychiatric Classification Mental Suffering
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