The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) origins date right back to 1840 but it was really born in 1952 when it was first published as the DSM-l and featured descriptions of 106 disorders. The DSM has evolved and expanded over the years and now is the DSM 5 which was last updated in 2013. It currently holds over 250 mental disorders over 947 pages which is a long way from the 130 pages back in 1952. Even before the DSM though there have been many books, manuals, texts, guides and much speculation regarding mental illness.
The term ‘mental health’ was popularised in early 1900’s by physicians, social reformers and asylum patients but mental illness dates back hundreds of years.
Over the years it seems many people from various walks of life have had an opinion, judgement, idea or theory about mental illness and a box to put…
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