Defining Mental Disorder

Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

 Defining Mental Disorder

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This chapter discusses the “official” definition of mental disorders found in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It defends the DSM definition against criticisms and shows its virtues in contrast to Wakefield's influential alternative definition of mental disorder.

Keywords: DSM; definition; mental disorders; Wakefield

Chapter.  5242 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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