Drop the language of disorder
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    Conceptual clarity in clinical psychiatry

    Dear Editor,

    Psychiatry is that clinical speciality in which the primary symptoms are changes in our behaviours, the way we think, feel and act. Signs as opposed to symptoms are usually indefinite. In any case the mind is the brain in action and for science at present the brain still remains a black -box. Hence the difficulty of linking changes in behaviour to changes in brain anatomy, physiology and chemistry. Let...

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    Towards a More Effective Therapeutic Model

    Dear Editor,

    I was so pleased to read the editorial entitled "Drop the Language of Disorder" by Peter Kinderman, et al. The DSM has become something of a Bible in medicine, but I believe that this tendency towards bureaucratization is doing a disservice to patients as well as limiting the creative thinking of clinicians.

    While diagnostic categorization can be helpful to organize a medical student's think...

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