Welive in a contemporary epoch where many factors contribute to mentalillnesses. Mental illness today should, therefore, be approachedusing viable tools. Published in 2013, DSM-5 is a contemporary toolthat medics use to diagnose and treat mental disorders (AmericanPsychiatric Association, 2013). The intent of this work is to explorethe contents of the DSM-5 tool within the context of the video,“What’s So Funny about Mental Illness.”
Ithink the most pressing ethical concerns regarding the DSM-5 as adiagnostic tool is that it is too incoherent, inconsistent, andcomplicated. In a way, the DSM-5 may exhibit controversial diagnosticcategories. For instance, if not used correctly, DSM-5 may revealgrief as well as disruptive mental experiences as severe depressiondisorders. Thus, I feel that such wrong diagnosis may result infaulty treatment options that would contravene nursing ethics andalso interfere with the health outcomes of the patients. Within thecontext of Ruby Wax, labeling exposes the victims of depression tostigmatization. When Wax was labeled as having a depression disorder,she experienced a lot of stigma from the public (Wax, 2012). In mostsocieties, mental illness is perceived as a form of abnormality.Despite being labeled and stigmatized as having a mental disorder,Wax did not give up but rather came out to elucidate to the publicabout her predicament. Stigmatization and labeling usually tend tointensify mental problems to most patients with mental illnesses.
Anotherassessment tool that I read from the text is the internationalclassification of diseases. The ICD uses the research domainprocedure to diagnose mental illnesses. The ICD tool uses the patienthistory to come up the diagnose mental illness a factor that makesthe entity reliable in the form of accurate assessments.
AmericanPsychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnosticand statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5®)(5th ed.). American Psychiatric Pub.
Wax,R. (2012, June). What`s so funny about mental illness? RetrievedJanuary 09, 2017, fromhttps://www.ted.com/talks/ruby_Wax_whats_so_funny_about_mental_illness