The DSM System Of Diagnosis Cannot Work

The diagnostic system  (DSM 5) published by the American Psychiatric Association is a symptom based approach to diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. This system is the result of the psychiatrist’s inability to see the character structure of the patient behind the symptom. From a clinical perspective,  any symptom can occur in any patient and, therefore, it is not possible to have a symptom based system of diagnosis. The whole of the patient’s character, determines the function of any symptom and a character based diagnostic system is central to treatment.