Diagnosis: Human

Here’s a thought-provoking piece that ran in the Los Angeles Times in 2010, just as the DSM-V, the diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association was being published. The issues are becoming sadly timeless.

Is clinical illness now the only human condition for which we’re allowed to show compassion? Is redemption an obsolete concept? Is character no longer something worth building or improving? Are we unable to forgive, without also excusing and/or diagnosing? Do we know the difference? Is that why we seek to pathologize and medicalize so much of the human condition?


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