The categories and constructs we use to diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions are steeped in ethical and social values. We study ethical issues in the development of new categories and how nosological shifts effect individuals with mental illness.
The ways patients, clinicians, and public define mental health and illness shapes policy and access to care. Papers in this collection include those related to the concept of disability, demarcating prodromal psychosis, and defining suicidal behavior as a disorder.
Dominic Sisti, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics & Program Director
BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics
Borderline personality disorder, therapeutic privilege, integrated care: is it ethical to withhold a psychiatric diagnosis?
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