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Dr James Davies - Session 1 - Making of Mental Illness: DSM's construction and the pros and cons of psychiatric diagnosis

 Session 1:   Wednesday May 4th, 5pm — 7pm 

This two-hour workshop will explore the 'Making of Mental Illness: DSM's construction and the pros and cons of psychiatric diagnosis'.  

It will explore why, without solid scientific justification, the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952, to around 370 today. We will explore how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was actually written, drawing on interviews with its writers and archival material. Did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less-scientific and unexpected processes at play?  

The second part of this workshop explores how non-medicalised language can be used to describe the diverse forms emotional suffering can take. Has the medical model enjoyed its heyday? Do we really need psychiatric diagnosis? If not, what can replace it? This workshop will invite discussion and exploration of these vital issues, including the pros and cons of psychiatric diagnosis. 

Full details of this series of events can be found here

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  • 17:00 - 19:00
  • 04 May 2022
  • Online/ Zoom
  • Metanoia Students: £10 Metanoia Members: £20 Non-Members: £30