Classificatory Challenges in Psychopathology

Authored by: Harold Kincaid

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138846791
eBook ISBN: 9781315720739
Adobe ISBN: 9781317519850

10.4324/9781315720739.ch16

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Abstract

Psychiatry, clinical psychology, and other professions that deal with psychopathology, abnormal behavior, and personal psychological problems naturally try to distinguish among the different kinds of phenomena and behavior they encounter. Basic research about the causes and courses of psychopathology and about appropriate treatment depends on sorting the various psychological problems that professionals see into distinct categories. However, there is considerable controversy about how to do that and how those categories are to be understood.

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