1. A newspaper editorialist argues that the use of DSM-IV diagnostic labels is
destructively antidemocratic, because it enables an elite corps of mental health
professionals to subtly control the values and life-styles of the rest of society. First give
reasons supporting this argument, then defend the continued use of diagnostic labels.
2. A guest on a TV talk show claims that “major depressive disorder is not a psychological
problem; it's a disease that can be medically treated.” Evaluate the strengths and
weaknesses of this claim.
3. Differentiate between antisocial personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and
schizophrenia. What relationships might exist between each disorder and insanity?