What is it about?
There is a lot of debate on how mental disorders should be described and how they should be explained. Using depression as an example, this paper looks at the challenges with how we 1) describe mental disorders; 2) decide what mental disorders are; and 3) how we best explain them.
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Why is it important?
The way we describe mental disorders is important to how we explain them. For example, most of our research on depression revolves around how it is described by the DSM. However, the descriptions of depression in the DSM have been critiqued for being too broad - making them hard to explain. We argue that more focus needs to be put on understanding the specific features (i.e., symptoms) that make up our descriptions of disorders like depression. Finally, these features should be understood from multiple perspectives (i.e., biological, psychological, social etc.).
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This page is a summary of: The Classification and Explanation of Depression, Behaviour Change, February 2019, Cambridge University Press,
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