Britansko psiholosko drustvo:
The validity of the basic categories is assumed, rather than evidenced from research into distress across both psychiatric and ‘normal’ populations whichmight challenge the appropriateness of the paradigm. In this circular process, both the original suggestions and subsequent modifications are based moreon committee decision and public responses than on patterns arising out of the identification of underlying mental phenomena.
In the absence of such signs, judgments about pathology are inevitably grounded in subjective and cultural norms. This is particularly obvious in the case of‘Personality Disorders’
The Society is concerned that clients and the general public are negatively affected by the continued and continuous medicalisation oftheir natural and normal responses to their experiences; responses which undoubtedly have distressing consequences which demandhelping responses, but which do not reflect illnesses so much as normal individual variation.
We consider that, as it stands, the revised DSM-5 would lead to an ongoing risk of pathologising individuals while obscuring well-established social andrelationship causal factors.
For all the reasons stated above, the BPS, having reviewed the currently proposed revisions of the new diagnostic criteria in DSM 5, continues to havemajor concerns.
Edited by John Finn's Wife, 24 April 2013 - 23:33.