The concept of mental disorder: diagnostic implications of the harmful dysfunction analysis.

  title={The concept of mental disorder: diagnostic implications of the harmful dysfunction analysis.},
  author={Jerome C. Wakefield},
  journal={World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association},
  volume={6 3},
What do we mean when we say that a mental condition is a medical disorder rather than a normal form of human suffering or a problem in living? The status of psychiatry as a medical discipline depends on a persuasive answer to this question. The answers tend to range from value accounts that see disorder as a sociopolitical concept, used for social control purposes, to scientific accounts that see the concept as strictly factual. I have proposed a hybrid account, the harmful dysfunction (HD… CONTINUE READING
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