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5.0 out of 5 stars what a fabulous critique of and companion to the DSM!, May 29, 2007
This review is from: Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis (Paperback)
I have taught abnormal psychology and have taught cultural/feminist crtiques of psychology--this book pulls it all together beautifully. The chapters are quite short and cover a broad range of issues (discrimination against poor rural women, legal issues concerning bias in diagnosing, specific "diagnoses" like false memory syndrome, parental alienation syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, etc). The book is well-written and easy for readers to grasp. It is straight-forward enough for non-psychologists or undergrads, and sophisticated enough for experienced professionals.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012 2:54:08 PM PST
Sandra B. G. says:
What did the book say about PMDD? I'm curious!

Now women just for being women could potentially be labeled as "sick in the head" due to her period! What?

The men on the DSM board that make decisions are WACK in my book. Why not make up the board full of African American women that are all child bearing age that earn no more than $25K a year and see how this book changes. And I don't understand why Alzheimer's is even in that book since THAT isn't even a MENTAL diagnosis, it is a nuerobiological diagnosis. I think Diabetes is in that book too. Why? that is not a mental disorder either. Nor is Autism.

Many things do not belong in that stupid DSM. I think the DSM should be cut in half! If it is not hurting you, then what is the issue? So some people sleep 3 hours a night and they don't need more and you have racing thoughts. So you think you "can't be touched" but you don't go around saying 'I'm Wonderwoman" and you don't miss work. It is not hurting anyone but now you have a label with Bipolar Disorder since you only need 3 hours of sleep.

If it is not hurting you or anyone, what is wrong with the behaviors? Is not the DSM just a book to keep people behaving well. I mean look at treatment. Pills. To do what? make you BEHAVE better. Why? Why? Why? You can't judge a brain or test a brain disorder. No brain scan will show "Oh yeah, that is depression".

What psychiatrists want (and may be some traditional psychologists too) is to examine your BEHAVIOR. They don't care about your culture, your race, your sexual orientation (remember the DSM-III?) your religion, your country (look at Kenya or Niger and what they do over there) or your income level. Why did psychiatry even begin? It is people control, that is what it is! And it is only getting worse. When I get some money, I'm going to purchase this book and keep it.

I can't wait to see what the new DSM-5 has in store for us. That will be a treat to see all of the kids (and adults) in America saying "No, I have Asperger Syndrome that is what I have, you told me that I had that 9 years ago. My therapist explained it to me too. I don't have Autism Spectrum Disorder, you are wrong!" Get a 30 year old male with AS on the DSM board. The diagnosis of AS will not be removed. He will drive everyone else on the board crazy!
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