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

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Joel Paris
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Jun 2015
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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 - author of The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to the DSM-5(R) - 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.

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Introduction
Part I: Background
Chapter 1-Diagnosis in psychiatry
Chapter 2-DSM and its discontents
Chapter 3-Over-diagnosis and overtreatment
Chapter 4- Science, philosophy and diagnosis
Part II: Categories Most Likely to Be Over-diagnosed
Chapter 5: How " is major depression?
Chapter 6: The boundaries of bipolarity
Chapter 7: PTSD and trauma
Chapter 8-ADHD and attention
Chapter 9-Personality and personality disorder
Chapter 10-Other disorders in which over-diagnosis is a risk
Part III: Diagnosis and Normality
Chapter 11-How do we know what is normal?
Chapter 12-Where do we go from here?

About the author: 

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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