Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost Its Way While Creating a Diagnosis for…

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byJoel Paris

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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-5RG - shows how over-diagnosis leads to over-treatment in Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost ItsWay 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 classificationof 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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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-5RG - shows how over-diagnosis leads to over-treatment in Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry: How Modern Psychiatry Lost ItsWay While Creating a Diagnosis for Almost ...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.11 × 5.39 × 0.79 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199350647

ISBN - 13:9780199350643

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Background1. Diagnosis in psychiatry2. DSM and its discontents3. Over-diagnosis and overtreatment4. Science, philosophy and diagnosisPart II: Categories Most Likely to Be Over-diagnosed5. How "major" is major depression?6. The boundaries of bipolarity7. PTSD and trauma8. ADHD and attention9. Personality and personality disorder10. Other disorders in which over-diagnosis is a riskPart III: Diagnosis and Normality11. How do we know what is normal?12. Where do we go from here?

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"Dr. Joel Paris's book is the one book you must read to understand why psychiatry, in the midst of the most optimistic period in its history, is stumbling badly due to its disregard of the most basic medical distinction of all, the distinction between normality and pathology." --Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of Psychiatry (Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry), New York University, New York, NY