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Author @ the Library: "What is Mental Illness?" with Richard J. McNally, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Harvard University.

May 23, 2013

Program Locations:

Mid-Manhattan Library

What’s a disorder, and what’s just a struggle with real life?  This illustrated lecture cuts through both professional jargon and polemical hot air, to describe the intense political and intellectual struggles over what counts as a “real” disorder, and what goes into the “DSM,” the psychiatric bible.  The author defends the careful approach of describing disorders by patterns of symptoms that can be seen, and illustrates how often the system medicalizes everyday emotional life.