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Advantages and disadvantages of mental disorder classification systems

 

 

Advantages

 

  • Identification of illness pattern clusters

  • Classifications simplify understanding of symptoms into something meaningful

  • Collection of statistics of ‘disease’ incidence

  • Allows appropriate treatment regimes and analysis of effectiveness of those treatments for particular disorders

 

 

Disadvantages

 

  • Labels not always appropriate and can result in lack of acknowledgement or appropriate support if client is diagnosed inaccurately or doesn’t fit into “a box”

  • Tendency to medicalise psychosocial and behavioural features of human behaviour

  • Can stigmatise people who have been diagnosed

  • Focus on illness not on health

  • Forces treatment providers to use language and approaches that seem “medical” e.g. symptoms, patients rather than client and problems with implications about power and control.

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