Drawing on my historical sociological research on American psychiatry, this talk uses recent developments in psychiatric nosology — the contentious DSM-5 revision process and the emergence of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) — as an occasion to explore longstanding difficulties in categorizing mental distress. Faced with a stubborn, enduring ignorance of the underlying mechanisms of mental disorders, psychiatry has proffered radically different ways of understanding mental distress over the last 150 years, regularly revising its ontological conceptualizations in response to professional crises.
Examining the emergence of RDoC and the “neuro turn” in light of this history, this talk articulates a critical sociological perspective on psychiatric nosology, one that expresses concern about the decontextualization of mental distress and insists on a place for the “social” in the neurosciences, not as an add-on, but as a fundamental dimension in our thinking about mental distress.

Rotman 2016 Annual Conference: Rethinking the Taxonomy of Psychology (#RTPWorkshop)
April 15-17, 2016

Owen Whooley, The University of New Mexico

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Channel: Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Categories: Rotman Institute of Philosophy,Videos
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Original Publish Date: Published on May 3, 2016
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