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Towards a phenomenology of self-patterns in psychopathological diagnosis and therapy


Daly, A and Gallagher, S, Towards a phenomenology of self-patterns in psychopathological diagnosis and therapy, Psychopathology, 52 pp. 33-49. ISSN 0254-4962 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 S. Karger AG, Basel

DOI: doi:10.1159/000499315


Categorization-based diagnosis, which endeavors to be consistent with the third-person, objective measures of science, is not always adequate with respect to problems concerning diagnostic accuracy, demarcation problems when there are comorbidities, well-documented problems of symptom amplification, and complications of stigmatization and looping effects. While psychiatric categories have proved useful and convenient for clinicians in identifying a recognizable constellation of symptoms typical for a particular disorder for the purposes of communication and eligibility for treatment regimes, the reification of these categories has without doubt had negative consequences for the patient and also for the general understanding of psychiatric disorders. We argue that a complementary, integrated framework that focuses on descriptive symptom-based classifications (drawing on phenomenological interview methods and narrative) combined with a more comprehensive conception of the human subject (found in the pattern theory of self), can not only offer a solution to some of the vexed issues of psychiatric diagnosis but also support more efficacious therapeutic interventions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:phenomenology, psychiatry, psychopathology, DSM, diagnosis, treatment, psychometrics, psychiatric diagnosis, pattern theory of self, phenomenological interview, narrative, therapy
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Daly, A (Dr Anya Daly)
ID Code:148471
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Philosophy and Gender Studies
Deposited On:2022-01-13
Last Modified:2022-03-10

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