By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A former BMA clinical e-book of the 12 months award winner, this publication offers a sociological research of significant parts of psychological overall healthiness and illness.
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The letter drew upon the hostile response issued by the British Psychological Society: The putative diagnoses presented in DSM-V are clearly based largely on social norms, with ‘symptoms’ that all rely on subjective judgments, with little confirmatory physical ‘signs’ or evidence of biological causation. The criteria are not value-free, but rather reflect current normative social expectations. . [Taxonomic] systems such as this are based on identifying problems as located within individuals. This misses the relational context of problems and the undeniable social causation of many such problems.
There is evidence that attachment style in childhood can affect the prospects of social mobility and mental health in later years. Family-specific attachment styles are part of parenting experienced in early childhood, which can act as a source of resilience or vulnerability in the face of adversity, and which can affect educational achievement and emerging self-confidence. Longitudinal research has suggested that the presence of secure and absence of an anxious or avoidant (trying not to get attached) attachment style acts as a form of protection (resilience), and enables middleaged men to overcome the disadvantage of a lower level of educational attainment and career progression.
The number of categories virtually tripled from around a hundred in DSM-I to nearly 300 in DSM-IV. In 2013 DSM-5 was issued and met much criticism; an organized campaign had already emerged in 2011 in opposition to it. The Society of Humanistic Psychologists (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association) began to lobby against the inherent de-humanization of psychiatric diagnosis. In an open letter to the APA it argued that ‘it is time for psychiatry and psychology collaboratively to explore the possibility of developing an alternative approach to the conceptualization of emotional distress’ (Society of Humanistic Psychologists 2011).
A sociology of mental health and illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim