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Re: axis l and axis ll?

Posted by violette on February 1, 2011, at 23:10:43

In reply to axis l and axis ll? violette, posted by floatingbridge on February 1, 2011, at 17:03:35

Hi FB,
The difference is, imo, the APA chose to divide mental illness that way...anyway, though this doesn't relate to the background of divisions delineated by the APA-I generally think axis II are more permanent illnesses, while many of the axis i are temporary or just symptoms of axis II traits or disorders.

Also thinking defense mechanisms used have considerable influence, which seems to be underrated, which probably will remain so until unconscious cognitive processes can be quantitatively measured or mapped (i don't mean tests like the MMPI) with use of technology. Maybe 20 years??

I recently found out the APA is strongly considering combining axis I and II, using the spectrum spectrum idea. This article might answer some of your questions:

Ironically, this major change seems to be more in line with psychoanalytic thinking. Which is odd. Because now we have more information about genetic influences and physiology, Etc. The other oddity is that it was the psychodynamic people, i believe, that wanted the axis II in the first place.This new structure, while not ideal, makes a lot more sense to me that the current approach.

Wouldn't it be fun if those on this forum created our own version of the DSM? ha-THAT likely wouldn't happen (too many disagreements-different perspectives).

Have fun with this stuff. :)

Other articles/good information here:




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