Synopses & Reviews
How are decisions made about who is normal? As a former consultant to those who construct the bible of the mental-health professions,” the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), Paula Caplan offers and insiders look at the process by which decisions about abnormality are made. Cutting through the professional psycho-babble, Caplan clearly assesses the astonishing extent to which scientific methods and evidence are disregarded as the handbook is developed. A must read for consumers and practitioners of the mental-health establishment, which through its creation of potentially damaging interpretations and labels, has the power to alter our lives in devastating ways.
Shedding light on the shocking process by which the mental-health elite judge us all, psychologist Paula Caplan debunks and demystifies the intentionally intimidating psychobabble and pronouncements of the American Psychiatric Association. "Gives us a fighting chance to avoid becoming victims of the mental health establishment".--Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A shocking expose of the process by which the mental-health elite judge us all.
About the Author
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. chosen by the American Psychological Association as an eminent woman psychologist,” is the author of the bestselling The Myth of Womens Masochism and Dont Blame Mother, among other books. She is a clinical and research psychologist.
Table of Contents
How do they decide who is normal? -- Whose normality is it, anyway? -- Do mental health professionals think anyone is normal? -- How th American Psychiatric Association decides who is not normal - part I -- How the American Psychiatric Association decides who is not normal - part II -- Delusional dominating personality disorder: "if this sounds discouraging, I'm afraid it is meant to" -- How gatekeeping replace scientific precision -- What motivates the DSM authors? --