A proposito della valutazione psichiatrica

Mario Bottone


This article scrutinizes the evaluation criteria which operate in the field of psychiatry and psychology. It focuses, in particular, on the American psychiatric manual DSM- 5, showing that its use of a quantitative and statistic language tends to erase specific subjectivity. The language used is fully supported by the university discourse imposing a main signfier, the Lacanian Un. The article also examines the function of the imaginary within the evaluating procedures and its relevance regarding the current definitions of disorder and mental health.


symptom; evaluation; sign; discourse of the university; disorder; mental health

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