Boundaries of mental disorders

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    Abstract

    Purpose of review This article reviews the problem of 'boundaries' in psychopathology and its conceptualization in the diagnostic classification of psychiatric disorders.Recent findings A modest number of publications in 2004-2005 contribute concepts, methods and data relevant to several aspects of the problem: scientific 'facts' versus value attribution in the definition of mental disorders; the problem of comorbidity between diagnostic entities; the spurious dichotomy between categorical versus dimensional approaches to diagnosis and classification; and the distinction between validity and pragmatic utility.Summary The relative paucity of research explicitly addressing these issues should be a reason for concern in the debate leading up to the next revisions of the International Classification of Diseases and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)653-658
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
    Volume18
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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