Sunday, August 7, 2022

Comments by Todd Dean

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  • Thanks so much for this – greatly appreciated. Of note, a book published a few years ago – Stijn Vanheule’s “Psychiatric Diagnosis Revisited: from DSM to Clinical Case Formulation” – is quite damning in its critique of the scientific basis of the DSM, and offers a much more nuanced proposal for thinking about diagnosis going forward. But I was especially struck by your comments on the compulsion (my word) to “reduce” people to what is perceived as normal. This put me in mind of a recent, more philosophical text, “Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan and the Foundations of Ethics” by Dominik Finkelde, and a very different book with a very similar title, “The Excessive Subject” by Molly Anne Rothenberg. Both approach the problem of normalization from broader perspectives than psychiatric diagnosis, but seem very relevant to what you describe.
    It is very encouraging to me that MIA offers discussions of these issues, which are starting to have more traction in other spheres as well. Hats off.