The DSM-5: Should Psychologists Respond Analysis

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Changes to the DSM-5 Introduction In the world of mental illnesses, there has been a new and revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual, which is a guide for physicians when diagnosing patients with disorders as well as applying therapies. This manual serves as a guide for not just physicians, but also a helping tool for families of those diagnosed. The latest version of this manual, the DSM-5, has been cause of recent controversy for those already diagnosed or facing a future diagnosis. Many researchers and mental illness advocates have written articles about how the changes to this document affects the lives of those under the disorder pretenses. Rhetorically analyzing articles for the appeals that the author intended will give the readers more insight into what the author’s true opinions and motivations are as well as help to understand the argument better. In the writing of these articles discussing the controversies and changes of the DSM-5 by Fung, Harden, Chmielewski, Clark, Bagby, Watson, Welch and Borisova, there are key elements, phrasing, and information that give their article more credibility and appeal to the audience regarding this situation. The DSM-5 Controversies: How Should Psychologists Respond Analysis Author Tone and Ethos Appeal. Something that is crucial for…show more content…
One of the biggest strong suites of the article, “Understanding Diagnostic Reliability in DSM-IV and DSM-5”, is how it compares the DSM-5 to the DSM-IV and DSM-III. In doing this it gives direct references to how it has evolved from the different editions which increases the articles credibility. By correlating these manuals, the reader is able to directly see the differences in generations of the manual and is a more easily grasped article. When the reader is able to understand the information more easily, it becomes a logos appeal because they are able to clearly see what has changed in the DSM-5 and then can make a logical decision for

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