Mental Disorders as Causal Systems

  title={Mental Disorders as Causal Systems},
  author={Richard J. McNally and Donald J. Robinaugh and Gwyneth W.Y. Wu and Li Wang and Marie Katharina Deserno and Denny Borsboom},
  journal={Clinical Psychological Science},
  pages={836 - 849}
Debates about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often turn on whether it is a timeless, cross-culturally valid natural phenomenon or a socially constructed idiom of distress. Most clinicians seem to favor the first view, differing only in whether they conceptualize PTSD as a discrete category or the upper end of a dimension of stress responsiveness. Yet both categorical and dimensional construals presuppose that PTSD symptoms are fallible indicators reflective of an underlying, latent… 

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