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Troubled and troublesome minds – an orientation

The classification of mental disorders has a very long history.1 The latest attempt at such classification may be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), produced by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. It is a very comprehensive account but, in the view of numerous psychiatric workers, although the work is worthy, it is heavily over-inclusive. For example, it introduces a number of conditions which the late Professor Thomas Szasz would have described as problems of living (see Szasz 2011). To be fair, the editors of DSM-5 wisely caution against its over-usage in the forensic field.