Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder Allan V. Horwitz

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Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder  by  Allan V. Horwitz

Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder by Allan V. Horwitz
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The Loss of Sadness argues that the increased prevalence of major depressive disorder is due not to a genuine rise in mental disease, as many claim, but to the way that normal human sadness has been pathologised since 1980. In that year, the fieldMoreThe Loss of Sadness argues that the increased prevalence of major depressive disorder is due not to a genuine rise in mental disease, as many claim, but to the way that normal human sadness has been pathologised since 1980.

In that year, the field of psychiatry published its landmark third edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) which has since become a dominant force behind our current understanding of mental illness overall. As concerns at least major depression, the authors argue that the DSMs definition of the condition is too narrow and that as a result virtually all research on and all clinical approaches to the condition have been based on a flawed understanding about it.



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