Diagnosing Mental Health

Discussion: Diagnosing Mental Health

In this module, your study includes the origin, development, and symptoms of mental disorders, known as psychopathology.

To complete this activity, consider the readings of this module, the DSM and the following article:

Introduction to the Special Section: Toward a Dimensionally Based Taxonomy of Psychopathology

( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2242426/ )

Consider the complex relationship between mental and physical health, and societal treatment of each, then discuss the following:

  • Why do you think receiving a diagnosis is sometimes perceived as a double-edged sword?
  • Describe the three approaches to developing a diagnostic scheme (categorical, dimensional, and prototypical).
    • Identify advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
    • State your opinion on how each approach increases or decreases the stigma of mental illness.



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