Diagnostic and Assessment

Chapters 2 and 3 of Abnormal Psychology and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) explore the various assessment and diagnostic tools that mental health professionals use, including the DSM-5. The DSM-5 has many strengths, weaknesses, and ethical concerns, including labeling, stigmatization, and comorbidity. After reading Chapters 2 and 3 and watching the video Whats So Funny About Mental Illness? address the following in your initial post: In your opinion, what is the most pressing ethical concern related to using the DSM-5 as a diagnostic tool? Why? Considering Ruby Wax in particular, how might have labeling, stigmatization, or comorbidity affected her own struggle with clinical depression? How might these conditions affect others with mental illness? Discuss one of the assessments and diagnostic tools that you read about in the text readings. How might you conduct a research study to determine whether or not your assessment is reliable and/or valid? That is, what sorts of designs or methodologies might be appropriate