Date: Sun, March 24, 2013 12:15 pm
Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] Statement of Concern about the Reliability, Validity, and Safety of DSM-5
Deborah Reidy did a studyHERE in 1993 on the "social death sentence" related to psychiatric diagnosis. See also HERE.
That is definitely a poignant story. And it captures a phenomenon that it all-too-pervasive. There is some debate in the research literature as to whether high rates of mental disorder in homeless populations is due to "social defeat" (where experience of subjugation leads to distress) or "social drift" (where symptoms lead to unemployment, etc.; DSM-IV endorses this view). But there is also a mountain of evidence for the former.
Unfortunately the "mountain of evidence" still faces some sort of "mountaintop removal" paradigm.