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Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis - Paula J. Caplan

Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis

By: Paula J. Caplan (Editor), Lisa Cosgrove (Editor), Maureen McHugh (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th October 2004
ISBN: 9780765700018
Number Of Pages: 304

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The public has a right to know that when they go to a therapist, they are almost certain to be given a psychiatric diagnosis, no matter how mild or normal their problems might be. It is unlikely that they will be told that a diagnosis will be written forever in their chart and that alarming consequences can result solely from having any psychiatric diagnosis. It would be disturbing enough if diagnosis was a thoroughly scientific process, but it is not, and its unscientific nature creates a vacuum into which biases of all kinds can rush. Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis is the first book ever published about how gender, race, social class, age, physical disability, and sexual orientation affect the classification of human beings into categories of psychiatric diagnosis. It is surprising that this kind of book is not yet on the market, because it is such a hot topic, and the negative consequences of psychiatric diagnosis range from loss of custody of a child to denial of health insurance and employment to removal of one's right to make decisions about one's legal affairs. It is an unusually compelling book because of its real-life relevance for millions of people. Virtually everyone these days has been a therapy patient or has a loved one who has been. In addition, psychiatric diagnosis and biases in diagnosis are increasingly crucial portions of, or the main subject of, legal proceedings. This book should sit next to every doctor's PDR, especially given the skyrocketing use of psychoactive drugs in toddlers, children, and adolescents, as well as in adults, and especially because receiving a psychiatric label vastly increases the chances of being prescribed one or more of these drugs. A Jason Aronson Book

The collection is powerful, unique, comprehensive, cogent, sane, balanced, and extremely important. It covers almost every major form of bias and oppression, as well as the profound biases embedded in many individual diagnostic labels. This is a must-read for all mental health professionals and their clients.--Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D., emerita professor of psychology and women studies at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), author of 12 books, including Women an

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Is This Really Necessary?p. xix
The Creation of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis
The Construction of Illnessp. 3
The Deep Structure of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosisp. 9
Creating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Study of the History, Sociology, and Politics of Psychiatric Classificationp. 25
Abnormal Psychology Textbooks Exclude Feminist Criticism of the DSMp. 41
Legal Implications of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis
Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Legal Systemp. 49
Bias and Subjectivity in Diagnosing Mental Retardation in Death Penalty Casesp. 55
What Is It That's Being Called "Parental Alienation Syndrome"?p. 61
Some Forms That Bias Takes
The Intersection of Racism and Sexism in Psychiatric Diagnosisp. 71
Clinical Cases and the Intersection of Sexism and Racismp. 77
Should Racism Be Classified As a Mental Illness?p. 81
Ageism in Psychiatric Diagnosisp. 89
The Psychiatric Policing of Childrenp. 99
Confusing Terms and False Dichotomies in Learning Disabilitiesp. 109
Diagnosis of Low-Income Womenp. 115
Seeking "Normal" Sexuality on a Complex Matrixp. 121
Gender Bias and Sex Distribution of Mental Disorders in the DSM-IV-TRp. 127
Mislabeling Anxiety and Depression in Rural Womenp. 141
Specific Labels
Bias and Schizophreniap. 149
The Truth about "False Memory Syndrome"p. 163
Reclaiming the Meanings of "Self-esteem"p. 171
Agoraphobiap. 177
Depression in Womenp. 183
The "Eating-Disordered" Patientp. 189
The Fine Line between Clinical and Subclinical Anorexiap. 193
Histrionic Personalityp. 201
Post-traumatic Stress Disorderp. 207
Some Gender Biases in Diagnosing Traumatized Womenp. 213
Medicalizing Menstrual Distressp. 221
Moving Ahead
A New View of Women's Sexual Problemsp. 233
Resisting Diagnosisp. 241
The Importance of Critical Inquiryp. 243
Some Future Contendersp. 249
Indexp. 255
About the Contributorsp. 263
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ISBN: 9780765700018
ISBN-10: 0765700018
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39