Posted by ed_uk on December 1, 2004, at 12:16:59
In reply to Re: The artificial nature of psychiatric diagnosis, posted by ed_uk on December 1, 2004, at 12:02:26
The symptoms of mental illness are very real, but a psychiatric diagnosis is an artificial construction.
DSM criterion E for schizophrenia.....
Substance/general medical condition exclusion: The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.
The diagnosis is esentially a list of distressing/problematic symptoms which may or may not occur together and that are causing an impairment. The same is true of most psychiatric diagnoses.