The meanings attached to the phrase ‘mental illness’ amongst those who experience it
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Dublin Business School
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Even before its release, the latest edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has come under increasing criticism from members of the public and mental health professionals alike. A major source of the controversy surrounding its release is the great difficulty scientists have experienced in defining and understanding was is meant by the term ‘mental disorder’. Since scientists continue to struggle in defining this central concept, it may be an opportune time to invite the opinions of those who have been diagnosed with mental disorders on this matter. A proposal for qualitative research into the opinions of those who have been diagnosed with mental disorder on what this means to them will be outlined, followed by a discussion intended to generate suggestions and ideas to strengthen the proposed research design. Author keywords: Mental disorder, DSM 5, qualitative research, categorization