Understanding Mental Disorders aims to help current and future psychiatrists, and those who work with them, to think critically about the ethical, conceptual, and methodological questions that are raised by the theory and practice of psychiatry. It considers questions that concern the mind’s relationship to the brain, the origins of our norms for thinking and behavior, and the place of psychiatry in medicine, and in society more generally. With a focus on the current debates around psychiatry’s diagnostic categories, the authors ask where these categories come from, if psychiatry should be looking to find new categories that are based more immediately on observations of the brain, and whether psychiatrists need to employ any diagnostic categories at all. The book is a unique guide for readers who want to think carefully about the mind, mental disorders, and the practice of psychiatric medicine.

part One|48 pages

Mental Disorder

chapter 1.1|20 pages

What is Mental Disorder?

chapter 1.2|12 pages

What Makes a Mental Disorder Mental?

chapter 1.3|13 pages

What Makes a Mental Disorder Disordered?

part Two|34 pages

Psychiatry and Society

part Three|62 pages

Dodging Nosology

chapter 3.1|24 pages

Psychiatric Diagnosis

chapter 3.2|6 pages

Psychiatry Without Diagnostic Categories?

chapter 3.3|9 pages

Categories Unlike Chemistry's

chapter 3.4|20 pages

Giving the Brain No More Than Its Due