Psychopathology needs to be viewed as a set of theoretical constructs which can be altered over time and they thus require periodic calibration. Furthermore, the way in which we describe the mental symptoms must be adapted to the scientific needs of the age in which we live related, for instance, with the detail of the data obtained by the auxiliary means of diagnosis and which are different from those observed in the 19th century.
Jaspers had already said with regard to the evolution of psychopathology: «general psychopathology is based on the continuity of the data obtained up to now, being guided by them and they may serve as the basis for new evidence - either in the sense of contradiction or construction and progress».
Tools like DSM and CID are very frequently used as glossaries and this is not the reason why they were devised. Furthermore, it is based on them that many students and clinicians come into contact with psychopathology. The standards of these classification systems are applied in such a way that clinicians very often think that they can’t decide to learn other conceptualizations of psychopathology.
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