Let me start by explaining that a human being can keep approximately seven things apart. So we need seven ‘identifyers’ from the psychological model from which the most common problems can be derived.

The point is for mental health care workers to talk about what is normal and then find where the patient deviates from that.

Currently the DSM is made up of several ‘disorders’ with each a bunch of ‘traits’ which makes it really hard to identify. Also it is weird to just ask guessing questions straight out of the DSM.

Lack of contact with reality is quite normal. Therefore it is not a proper identifier of any disorder.

© Koos Swart 2013