Is Mental Illness A Social Construction?

The recent debates and protests against the DSM-V sheds light on a major problem facing the fields of psychology and social work: how is mental illness defined? Classifying and labeling has a tendency to give the subject some empirical reality that it does not possess. The mind references the concept so often that, in essence, it becomes an entity in and of itself, if only in that mind’s subjective context. All the while it is easy to forget that words are simply a way of expressing some sort of regularity in this world, and that their accuracy largely depends on context. Like a Limit in mathematics, the expression points toward a value, but can never quite reach it….Full Story @


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