Diffing the DSM

Is talk therapy on the “right side of history”?

Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry
Published in
5 min readMay 8, 2023

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DSM-5 stacked on top of DSM-IV-TR
Credit: F.RdeC, Wikimedia Commons

Imagine that it’s 1980, and you find out hysteria has been finally removed from the DSM (The Diagnostic Statistical Manual, i.e., the tome psychiatrists use to determine what is and isn’t a disorder). You high-five your friend and say, “At last, this sexist stigma has been banished from the psychiatric canon.” (“hysteria” comes from the Greek word “hystera”…

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Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry

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