The definition of mental disorder: evolving but dysfunctional?

@article{Bingham2014TheDO,
  title={The definition of mental disorder: evolving but dysfunctional?},
  author={Rachel Bingham and Natalie Banner},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  year={2014},
  volume={40 8},
  pages={
          537-42
        }
}
Extensive and diverse conceptual work towards developing a definition of 'mental disorder' was motivated by the declassification of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1973. This highly politicised event was understood as a call for psychiatry to provide assurances against further misclassification on the basis of discrimination or socio-political deviance. Today, if a definition of mental disorder fails to exclude homosexuality, then it fails to provide this safeguard… CONTINUE READING
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