Psychological Justice

Distributive justice and psychiatric treatment of the non-disordered

Authored by: Jerome C. Wakefield

Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620437
eBook ISBN: 9781315857534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934011


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This chapter is motivated in part by my belief that our current system of reimbursement for treatment of psychiatric/psychological conditions is unfair and self-defeating. This is, in part, because the legitimate grounds for reimbursement of psychological treatment are limited to what are purported to be medical disorders of the mind that meet the test of “medical necessity,” thus disallowing support for help with a wide range of problematic but non-disordered psychological conditions. Although the recent fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) lists many non-disordered conditions for which mental health professionals are consulted, all non-disordered problematic mental conditions are considered non-reimbursable.

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