Harmful dysfunction and the DSM definition of mental disorder.

  title={Harmful dysfunction and the DSM definition of mental disorder.},
  author={Robert L. Spitzer},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={108 3},
Physicians, including psychiatrists, give a lot of thought in their everyday work to answer the question of whether or not a particular patient has a disorder; they rarely give much thought to the broader issue of what constitutes a disorder. Remarkably, and consistent with the harmful dysfunction (HD) analysis, there is a broad consensus in both the general public and the medical and health professions as to what conditions are disorders--even though there is no consensus definition of… CONTINUE READING