Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 204–206 | Cite as

Robert Fletcher, Earl Loschen, Chrissoula Stavrakiki and Michael First Kingston (eds), DM-ID, Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disability: A Textbook of Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability

NADD Press, NY, 552 pp, ISBN-13: 9781572561250. $96.00 (paper)
  • Frank John Ninivaggi
Book Review

“Reason is emotion’s slave and exists to rationalize emotional experience” (Bion 1970, p. 1). One of the most distinguished theoreticians and clinicians in the history of psychoanalysis thus launches his text, Attention and Interpretation: A Scientific Approach to Insight in Psychoanalysis and Groups. In that text, Bion attempts to rationally organize the emotional and cognitional data of human experience and its disorders into clinically useful insights. Today, almost 50 years later another laudable attempt at this aim, although in a different métier, can be found in the Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disabilities: A Textbook of Diagnoses of Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (DM-ID).This most recent effort to make sense out of the behaviors of persons with complex, and oftentimes undecipherable, mental functioning stands as a significant contemporary contribution to this daunting challenge. DM-ID has emerged as a guide to clinical practice, a reference work,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale Child Study CenterYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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