The misguided attempt to replace psychopathological evaluation with DSM

Cristina Lóyzaga Mendoza



The syllabus for training psychiatrists in the 21st century has changed radically in recent decades. Although advances in neurosciences using various techniques to address the etiology and physiopathology of mental disorders have provided objective information to locate them in their corresponding place in medical pathology, certain essential elements of medicine have been lost, such as a broad clinical interview and a detailed semiology, both of which are essential to arriving at a correct diagnosis and providing an accurate therapeutic approach. On the subject of loss, there is an increasing disincorporation from study programs in the specialty from disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, and anthropology, which nourishes psychiatry and give it a crucial multidisciplinary quality to understand the person suffering a mental disorder.


Psychopathological evaluation; DSM