We need to rethink how we classify mental illness

How do we decide what emotions, thoughts and behaviours are normal, abnormal or pathological?

This is essentially what a select group of psychiatrists decide each time they revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a bible for mental health professionals worldwide.

Bioethicists and philosophers of psychiatry are trained in bringing value judgments to light and analyzing them in depth. We could make good use of these experts by requiring each revision of the DSM to pass through an ethics assessment by an independent panel made up of philosophers, sociologists and ethicists.

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