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|Title:||Remission from Depression in the DSM: Moving from Rhetoric to Restoration|
|Keywords:||Language;Depression;Remission;DSM-5;Narrative theory;Mood memoirs;Metaphor|
|Citation:||Clinical Social Work Journal, 2017|
|Abstract:||The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, uses the term “remission” to describe the reduction of depressive symptoms. This paper argues that by categorizing someone who no longer has depressive symptoms as “in remission,” that person may feel indefinitely tied to his or her diagnosis. Considering the unfortunate stigma associated with mental illness, permanent linkage to diagnosis through records and professional memory may cause individuals to internalize pathology. In fact, the language of the diagnosis can affect self-perception in sensitive souls for a lifetime. As an implication for practice, we propose that cognitive and narrative therapy approaches, mood-memoirs, and use of metaphor present alternative uses of language that can reduce power imbalances between clinicians and clients, providing a bridge to healing.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers|
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