Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Book cover: Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis by Ashley L Peterson

This is the official book page for Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 by Ashley L. Peterson.

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 covers the DSM-5 criteria for a variety of mental illnesses, including what’s involved in making a diagnosis, the symptom criteria for each diagnosis, and an explanation of what the various symptoms actually look like.  It will explain why a person’s diagnoses may change over time, and discuss some of the weaknesses in this kind of diagnostic system.

The book will also touch on why trying to self-diagnose is problematic, and why clinical expertise is required to determine what’s pathological and what’s not.

In order to give a clearer picture of what different psychiatric diagnoses are actually like to live with, the book includes first-hand accounts from people who have actually experienced each diagnosis.

With the fusion of diagnostic information, clinical experience, and lived experience, this book offers a unique, well-rounded perspective on the reality of mental illness.


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“Ashley’s book can be summarized as, “The DSM-5 for Dummies.” I wish I had this book when I was in graduate school because it would have made understanding mental illness much easier!

I would recommend this book to everyone, as it removes a lot of the mental health jargon and concisely describes various mental illnesses.” – excerpt from Johnzelle Anderson, Panoramic Counseling