Journal article

Towards a Phenomenology of Self-Patterns in Psychopathological Diagnosis and Therapy

Anya Daly, Shaun Gallagher

Psychopathology | Karger Publishers | Published : 2019


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 a..

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