Transforming Normality into Pathology: The DSM and the Outcomes of Stressful Social Arrangements∗

  title={Transforming Normality into Pathology: The DSM and the Outcomes of Stressful Social Arrangements∗},
  author={Allan V. Horwitz},
  journal={Journal of Health and Social Behavior},
  pages={211 - 222}
  • A. V. Horwitz
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior
The sociology of stress shows how nondisordered people often become distressed in contexts such as chronic subordination; the losses of status, resources, and attachments; or the inability to achieve valued goals. Evolutionary psychology indicates that distress arising in these contexts stems from psychological mechanisms that are responding appropriately to stressful circumstances. A diagnosis of mental disorder, in contrast, indicates that these mechanisms are not functioning as they are… 

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