Latest revision of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders comes under the feminist microscope

Special Issue: DSM-5 and Beyond: A Critical Feminist Engagement with Psychodiagnosis

From Feminism & Psychology

The history of critical feminist engagement with psychiatry is a long one. It stretches at least to 1892. Over the years feminists have relentlessly challenged many psychiatric diagnoses, psychological theories, and clinical practices. In the mid-1980s, feminists in the mental health professions organized a concerted protest against the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) a protest that would stretch to the present day. They were spurred on specifically by three new diagnostic categories proposed.

With the fifth revision of DSM published in May 2013, psychiatric diagnosis has once again come under the microscope. Even though women remain the primary consumers of mental health care, as well as psychoactive drugs, women are not identified as a ‘vulnerable’ group. This lack of attention to feminist concerns was part of the impetus for this special issue. The articles in this special issue underscore women’s continuing stake in psychiatric diagnosis. They also widen the scope of feminist critique and offer new conceptual and methodological tools for critical projects.

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Lisa Cosgrove and Emily E Wheeler

Industry’s colonization of psychiatry: Ethical and practical implications of financial conflicts of interest in the DSM-5

Feminism & Psychology February 2013 23: 93-106, doi:10.1177/0959353512467972



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