Psychiatric classification and subjective experience

Cooper, Rachel (2012) Psychiatric classification and subjective experience. Emotion Review, 4 (2). pp. 197-202. ISSN 1754-0747

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This article does not directly consider the feelings and emotions that occur in mental illness. Rather, it concerns a higher level methodological question: To what extent is an analysis of feelings and felt emotions of importance for psychiatric classification? Some claim that producing a phenomenologically informed descriptive psychopathology is a prerequisite for serious taxonomic endeavor. Others think that classifications of mental disorders may ignore subjective experience. A middle view holds that classification should at least map the contours of the phenomenology of mental illness. This article examines these options. I conclude that it is not true that phenomenology is a logical prerequisite for classification, nor even that classification should necessarily respect phenomenological boundaries, but that detailed phenomenological examination can sometimes inform classification.

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Emotion Review
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?? classificationdiagnostic and statistical manual of mental disordersinternational classification of diseasesphenomenologysubjective experiencesocial psychologyexperimental and cognitive psychology ??
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