Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost its Way While Creating a Diagnosis for Almost All of Life's Misfortunes

Author(s) : Joel Paris

Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost its Way While Creating a Diagnosis for Almost All of Life's Misfortunes

Book Details

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 38020
  • ISBN 13 : 9780199350643
  • ISBN 10 : 0199350647
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As one of the few books to thoroughly examine the critical problem of over-diagnosis in psychiatry today, Dr. Joel Paris shows how over-diagnosis leads to over-treatment in Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost Its Way While Creating a Diagnosis for Almost All of Life's Misfortune. Leaving no stone unturned, Dr. Paris considers the complications of the DSM-5 system with particular reference to major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. While each of these conditions have given rise to diagnostic fads and epidemics, the classification of mental disorders remains provisional without any biomarkers for mental disorders. Because of this, Dr. Paris makes the case for the importance of conservative diagnoses, recognizing that normal variants are not necessarily disorders.

About the Author(s)

Joel Paris was born in New York City, but has spent most of his life in Canada. Dr. Paris' research interest is in borderline personality disorder. Dr. Paris has 193 peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of 17 books and 40 book chapters. Dr. Paris is an educator who has has won awards for his teaching.

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