The Making of DSM

19 May 2017

17:15 - 19:15 
Regent's University London

Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre

The Making of DSM - The disturbing truth about its construction, and does an alternative non-medical language exist? 

Speaker - Dr James Davies 

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a PhD in Social and Medical Anthropology. He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton and a practicing Psychotherapist. He has delivered lectures at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Brown, UCL and Columbia and has written for The Times, the New Scientist, the Guardian and Salon. He is author of the bestselling book Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence.


Workshop description

Why, without solid scientific justification, has the number of mental disorders risen from 106 in 1952, to around 370 today? In this workshop Dr James Davies takes us behind the scenes of how the psychiatrist’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), was actually written. Did science drive the construction of new mental disorder categories like ADHD and major depression or were less-scientific and unexpected processes at play? His exclusive interviews with the creators of the DSM reveal the troubling answer.

The second part of this workshop explores how non-medicalised language can be used to describe the diverse forms emotional suffering can take. Has the medical model enjoyed its heyday? Do we really need psychiatric diagnosis? If not, what can replace it? This workshop will invite discussion and exploration of these vital issues.


Ticket Information

Regent's students: FREE (please book
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Regent's staff:£10

RSPP professional members:£30 

External delegates: £35

Non-Regent's students: £10


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