The absent body in psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and research

Synthese 196 (6) (2019)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Discussions of psychiatric nosology focus on a few popular examples of disorders, and on the validity of diagnostic criteria. Looking at Anorexia Nervosa, an example rarely mentioned in this literature, reveals a new problem: the DSM has a strict taxonomic structure, which assumes that disorders can only be located on one branch. This taxonomic assumption fails to fit the domain of psychopathology, resulting in obfuscation of cross-category connections. Poor outcomes for treatment of Anorexia may be due to it being pigeonholed as an Eating Disorder, when a disturbance of body perception may be a more central symptom than food restriction. This paper explores the possibility of restructuring the DSM taxonomy to allow for a pluralist classification of disorders. This change could improve treatment and research without requiring any changes to diagnostic criteria.
Categories
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
STITAB
Revision history
Archival date: 2017-09-07
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2017-08-02

Total views
83 ( #28,418 of 42,375 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
24 ( #24,598 of 42,375 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.