Answer the following question: (1-2 pages)
Why is it important to classify mental disorders?
Thinking Points for answering the Written Assignment question (These points are just to get you thinking):
• Things to consider: Why is it important to classify anything? How does it help us?
• For example: Why is it important to classify an abnormal engine sound
your car may be making? Or why is it important to classify the types
of sore throats?
• Look at the pros and cons of the DSM discussed in the readings.
In general there are pro’s and con’s to the DSM system:
-good summary of mental disorders, some say it is simple to use
-useful for making diagnostic, treatment, and prognosis decisions
-uses empirical data and open discussion to decide controversial diagnoses
-recent editions have used more scientific data
– DSM system uses the most scientific analysis of diagnostic data ever attempted
-some say it is too complicated, too long and not very user-friendly
-controversial diagnoses have been influenced by politics
-no consistent conceptual framework used
-reliability and validity standards may have been compromised