Psychiatric Classifications, Nomenclature
and Labeling of
"Mental Illness" & "Mental Disorders"
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|The following books examine
and find serious fault with the psychiatric theories and practices related
to classifications, nomenclature and labeling of people with "mental illness"
and "mental disorders".
The psychiatric labels assigned by medical
doctors and psychiatrists are based upon shoddy science. The list of "mental
disorders" is constantly expanding. Why? Because labels figure prominently
in deciding whose psychotherapy will be paid by insurance companies, who
will be hospitalized against their will, who may be declared by a court
of law to be incompetent or too disturbed to have custody of their children,
who will be allowed to grant or withhold permission to perform surgery
on their bodies, and on and on.
A tremendous number of routine problems which
people have with life have become transformed into "mental illnesses" or
"disorders" by the American Psychiatric Association's slight of hand decisions,
categorizations and nomenclature. The books below shed much light onto
To discover more about the theories, methods
and history of psychiatric terminology, classification and labeling, online,
follow the link to the SNTP
Psychiatric Labeling Main Page.
Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's
Normal by Paula J. Caplan
Us Crazy: DSM: The Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders
by Herb Kutchins, Stuart A. Kirk
Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor
the Therapeutic State: Critical Perspectives on Psychiatry and the Mental
Health System by David Cohen
Dose of Sanity: Mind, Medicine, and Misdiagnosis by Sydney Walker
Therapeutic State by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor
of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health
Movements by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor
The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor
Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock,
and Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry by Peter R. Breggin
Profiteering, and Fraud in a Mental Health System Gone Crazy by
The Ultimate Betrayal by Bruce Wiseman
the Brain: The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health by Elliot Valenstein
Published Within the Psychiatric "Profession"
published by the American Psychiatric Association
Casebook: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders by Robert
L. Spitzer, Miriam Gibbon, Andrew E. Skodol, Michael B. First
Criteria from DSM-IV (4th Ed) by
John S. McIntyre
Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis by
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