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Published: 09 August 2012

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199793754

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All We Have to Fear

Psychiatry's Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders

Allan V. Horwitz, PhD and Jerome C. Wakefield, DSW, PhD

  • Offers a fundamental, yet constructive, critique of psychiatric diagnostic criteria while at the same time recognizing the existence of genuine mental disorders
  • Uniquely combines perspectives from a wide range of disciplines that include psychiatry, evolutionary psychology, sociology, anthropology, and history to support its distinctions among normal, mismatched, and disordered anxiety
  • Avoids both the sweeping dismissal of psychiatry found in many current attacks on definitions of mental disorder and the widespread acceptance of calling any distressing condition as a "mental disorder".

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