With the passage of the DSM-5 today by the American Psychiatric Association, more ordinary and even extraordinary experiences of the human condition become psychopathology. This problem of a psychopathology then needs a solution: increasingly medication and quick fixes.
With inevitable changes in healthcare organization and delivery, the question of diagnosis is even more significant.
Today’s San Francisco Chronicle featured on the first page an article on the American Psychiatric Association’s meeting called “Mental health manual besieged”. In this article, Shawn Rubin, the chairman of the school of clinical psychology at San Francisco’s Saybrook University, was quoted as saying: the manual has led to the ‘pathologizing of everyday experiences,” contributing to unnecessary diagnoses and use of prescription drugs” (C1, C5).