The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

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The Book of Woe reveals the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and un-invented and how suffering has been turned into a commodity. Since its first edition in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been regarded as the authority on mental health diagnosis and research. Over the DSM's various iterations, however, debate has raged over which psychological problems constitute mental illness: homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973; and Asperger's gained recognition in 1994 only to see its status challenged nearly twenty years later. By examining the history of the DSM and the controversies over its latest revisions, Greenberg challenges the status quo of modern psychiatric practice. He shows how difficult it is - even impossible - to rigorously differentiate mental illness from everyday suffering, and sheds light on how the politics behind mental-health classification has caused diagnosis rates of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,and bipolar disorder to skyrocket

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"[I]ndustrious and perfervid... Mr. Greenberg [argues] that the [DSM] and its authors, the American Psychiatric Association, wield their power arbitrarily and often unwisely, encouraging the diagnosis of too many bogus mental illnesses in patients (binge eating disorder, for example) and too much medication to treat them....Mr. Greenberg argues that psychiatry needs to become more humble, not more certain and aggressive....Greenberg is a fresher, funnier writer. He paces the psychiatric stage as if he were part George Carlin, part Gregory House."--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" "Greenberg's documentation of the "DSM-5" revision process is an essential read for practicing and in-training psychotherapists and psychiatrists and is an important contribution to the history of psychiatry."--"Library Journal" "The rewriting of the bible of psychiatry shakes the field to its foundations in this savvy, searching expose. Deploying wised-up, droll reportage from the trenches of psychiatric policy-making and caustic profiles of the discipline's luminaries, Greenberg subjects the practices of the mental health industry--his own included--to a withering critique. The result is a compelling insider's challenge to psychiatry's scientific pretensions--and a plea to return it to its humanistic roots."--"Publisher's Weekly, "starred review "Greenberg is an entertaining guide through the treacheries and valuable instances of the "DSM," interviewing members on both sides of the divide and keeping the proceedings conversational even when discussing the manual's pretensions toward epistemic iteration. He also brings his own practice into ["The Book of Woe"], with examples of the "DSM" falling woefully short in capturing the complexity of personality. Bright, humorous and seriously thoroughgoing, Greenberg takes all the "DSM"s for a spin as revealing as the emperor's new clothes."--"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] brilliant look at the making of DSM-5...e

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Gary Greenberg is a psychotherapist and author of Manufacturing Depression and The Noble Lie, and was awarded the Erik Erikson Award for his reporting on mental health. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, Discover, and Rolling Stone. He is a contributor at Mother Jones, and a contributing editor at Harper's. Dr. Greenberg lives with his family in Connecticut.

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