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The tangible burden of mental disorder in the absence of mental disorder categories in nature: some reflections on Regier's contribution

Robert F. Krueger

in Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry II

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642205
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199642205.003.0042

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The tangible burden of mental disorder in the absence of mental disorder categories in nature: some reflections on Regier's contribution

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Darrel Regier has been a pioneer in the closely related areas of psychiatric nosology and epidemiology. For example, Regier was a leader of the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study, a landmark effort in psychiatric epidemiology (Regier et al. 1984), and he is currently the co-chair of the DSM-5 task force. Regier's paper provides a personal account of his intellectual journey to date in these areas, and makes clear how his thinking has evolved over the years, leading to his current, forward-thinking perspectives. My goal here will be to amplify some themes that emerge in Regier's paper by providing my own perspective on those themes, with particular emphasis on the importance of constructing an empirically-based dimensional model of mental disorders.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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