Topic: A Critical Look at the DSM, and a Review of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Unit 1
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Please answer each of the discussion or case study with 250 word at a minimum. I listed the required reading for the section before each one. Thanks.
Readings
Use these resources and complete the following:
Read the Learner Expectations for important information about your success in this course.
Read the Professional Communications and Writing Guide. You are expected to adhere to these guidelines when writing a discussion post, peer response, or paper, as well as when using citations and references.
Use the Internet to complete the following:
Read Zur and Nordmarken’s 2013 article, “DSM-5: Diagnosing for Status and Money. Summary Critique of the DSM-5,” on the Zur Institute’s Web site.
Use your DSM-5 text to complete the following:
Read pages 5–25, pages 731–759, and pages 809–816.
Skim pages 817–838 and pages 917–947.
Read “Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders,” pages 87–122.

1 Broad Diagnostic Criteria

Pick a DSM-5 diagnosis that uses multiple criteria, only a portion of which are needed for the diagnosis. Choose one that you have experience working with or that you are particularly interested in learning about (as long as it provides fuel for the argument that it is possible for two people with the same DSM diagnosis to have minimal overlap in symptom pictures). Then:

Try to find research that addresses whether some of these equally weighted criteria are more important than others. If there is no research, report on this and the steps you took to explore these issues.
Is there theory that might weigh some of these criteria as more central than others? Compare and contrast this theory’s strengths and weaknesses with the DSM diagnostic criteria for that disorder.
Whether you have found research or theory to support unequal weighting, suggest what an improved set of diagnostic criteria with weighted criteria might look like for this disorder.
Hint: One place to start might be research that shows base rates about the percentages of people with a particular diagnosis who display certain of the criteria. There are, however, many ways to approach this. The choice is yours.

2 Social Engineering

Concerns have been raised that some of the recently created diagnostic categories in the DSM are driven more by attempted social engineering than by science. Along with the recent surge in the diagnosis of Autism, we saw Asperger’s Disorder become one of the newly popular disorders in the DSM-IV series and then saw it disappear in the DSM-5. Using either a Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis (See Table 2 on page 52 of the DSM-5) or one of the more recently developed adult diagnostic categories of your choice, review the adequacy of the research base for that particular diagnosis. Address the following and consider the potential for social engineering:

Make an argument for or against the perception that the DSM-5 is based more on social engineering than on science while focusing solely on the diagnosis you have chosen. Be sure to consider the issues raised in the Zur and Nordmarken article.
Assume that a new medication has been found that dramatically minimizes the negative symptomology of this disorder. Describe the marketing plan you would expect to see developed for selling this diagnosis to the lay public and professionals in the field?
If a psychologist was hired to participate in the development of this marketing plan, what ethical issues would he or she face and how could they ethically deal with them?
It will be important for you to do some independent research via the Capella Library or Internet in order to respond to this discussion.

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Type of assignment: Essay
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