Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis
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ISBN-13:
9781442202467
Seiten:
304
Autor:
Paula J. Caplan
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis is the first book about how gender, race, social class, age, physical disability, and sexual orientation affect the classification of human beings into psychiatric categories. This is a hot topic addressed to the public's right to know, especially because 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.
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

Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Is This Really Necessary?

Chapter 3

Chapter I The Creation of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Chapter 4 The Construction Of Illness

Chapter 5 The Deep Structure of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Chapter 6 Creating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Study of the History, Sociology, and Politics of Psychiatric Classification

Chapter 7 Abnormal Psychology Textbooks Exclude Feminist Criticism of the DSM

Chapter 8

Chapter II Legal Implications of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Chapter 9 Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Legal System

Chapter 10 Bias and Subjectivity in Diagnosing Mental Retardation in Death Penalty Cases

Chapter 11 What Is It That's Being Called Parental Alienation Syndrome?

Chapter 12

Chapter III Some Forms that Bias Takes

Chapter 13 The Intersection of Racism and Sexism in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Chapter 14 Clinical Cases and the Intersection of Sexism and Racism

Chapter 15 Should Racism Be Classified As a Mental Illness?

Chapter 16 Ageism in Psychiatric Diagnosis

Chapter 17 The Psychiatric Policing of America's Children

Chapter 18 Confusing Terms and False Dichotomies in Learning Disabilities

Chapter 19 Diagnosis of Low-Income Women

Chapter 20 Seeking Normal Sexuality on a Complex Matrix

Chapter 21 Gender Bias and Sex Distribution of Mental Disorders in DSM-IV-TR

Chapter 22 Mislabeling Anxiety and Depression in Rural Women

Chapter 23

Chapter IV Specific Labels

Chapter 24 Bias and Schizophrenia

Chapter 25 The Truth about False Memory Syndrome

Chapter 26 Reclaiming the Meanings of Self-esteem

Chapter 27 Agoraphobia

Chapter 28 Depression in women

Chapter 29 The Eating-Disordered Patient

Chapter 30 The Fine Line between Clinical and Subclinical Anorexia

Chapter 31 Histrionic Personality

Chapter 32 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Chapter 33 Some Gender Biases in Diagnosing Traumatized Women

Chapter 34 Medicalizing Menstrual Distress

Chapter 35

Chapter V Moving Ahead

Chapter 36 A New View of Women's Sexual Problems

Chapter 37 Resisting Diagnosis

Chapter 38 The Importance of Critical Inquiry

Chapter 39 Some Future Contenders