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Study finds Psychiatric Diagnosis to be “Scientifically Meaningless”

by Guest Admin on July 21st, 2019

A new study published in Psychiatry Research has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses (which includes some of the learning and behavioural disorders) are scientifically worthless as tools for identifying discrete mental health disorders.

The diagnostic manual DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was created in the USA to provide a common diagnostic language and set criteria for diagnosis but it has just created a system in which individuals are just pigeonholed often into ill-fitting or newly created pigeonholes without any real understanding of the underlying cause of the condition or where in the brain the individual symptoms of the “condition” are coming from.

This bold new study highlights what I have been saying for the last two decades and that is that the so-called learning and behavioural issues of childhood are not “conditions” but no more than symptoms that always appear in patterns which constitute the manifestations of a developmental delay syndrome – no more than a glitch in the normal development of the brain in response to a stressor, for example a traumatic birth.

Heterogeneity in psychiatric diagnostic classification. K Allsopp, J Read, R Corcoran & P Kinderman. Psychiatric Research. doi: 10. 1016/j.psychres. 20.07.005

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  1. rob permalink

    ‘Disjunctive categories’ appears to be the latest euphemism for ‘guess work’ or confusing adjectives with nouns; symptoms with underlying conditions..?

  2. So true.


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