Classifying Mental Disorders Into Types

What are the advantages and disadvantages of classifying mental disorders into “types” and maintaining such for clinical reference? Explain your answer. Well, one of the main disadvantages to classifying mental disorders is that they sometimes become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some of the classifications, such as schizophrenia, cover a broad range of symptoms and dysfunctions. In fact,... Continue Reading →


Mind Over Matter

What is the difference between mental illness and insanity? (Hint: What is the important second prong of the McNaughten rule?) The difference between mental illness and insanity seems to center on the ability to distinguish between right and wrong (Gibeaut, 2006). Furthermore, a plea of incompetent to stand trial includes the requirement that a defendant,... Continue Reading →

Issues That Might Arise While Using the DSM-IV

Some criteria used for reaching a diagnosis cannot be observed directly.It appears that the difference between some of the possible personality disorders is a question of why rather than what (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). For instance, the difference between a diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder is a question of why people... Continue Reading →

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