Richard J. McNally


On his book What Is Mental Illness?

Cover Interview of March 16, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“On the boundary between mental distress and mental disorder.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Our system of diagnosing people may often mistake the normal emotional problems of everyday life as mental illness.”

On the second:

“Some experts in psychopathology believe that a valid diagnostic system needs to appeal to factors beyond symptoms themselves as well as distinguish among symptomatically similar, but distinct, disorders.”