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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Will You Be the Mentally Ill to be Background Checked?
In a terrible confluence of historical events,
at the same time the public is demanding we go after the mentally ill, psychiatrists, colluding with the drug companies, broadened their definition of who is mentally ill. It could include you.
In May they will publish the new version of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) used by the medical profession to assign the label of mental illness. In the new DSM, “a mental disorder (mental illness) is a condition characterized by dysfunction in thought, mood or behaviors which cause distress.”
Blatantly and self-servingly, psychiatrists colluded with the pharmaceutical companies to so broaden the definition of mental illness, that it threatens to scoop us all up in their net! What a bonus to their incomes!
British psychiatrists were among the first to sound the alarm bell regarding the DSM 5. They warned “…clients and the general public are negatively affected by the continued and continuous medicalization of their natural and normal responses to their experiences; responses which undoubtedly have distressing consequences which demand helping responses, but which do not reflect illnesses so much as normal individual variation.”
Below are just a few examples of alarms after seeing pre-publication versions of DSM 5.
1) In DSM V, temper tantrums become a mental disorder.--Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.
2) Normal grief becomes Major Depressive Disorder.
3) Every day forgetting of old age Minor Neurocognitive Disorder.
4) DSM 5 has created a slippery slope by introducing the concept of Behavioral Addictions that eventually can spread to make a mental disorder of everything we like to do a lot.
5) Worries of everyday life become Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Small changes in definition can create millions of anxious new ‘patients’.
Bottom line. If your physician plants a DSM V diagnosis on you, you are in the computer buddy!
So before we say we can live with background checks on the mentally ill, we need to know: “Who are we talking about? Open letter to DSM 5 taskforce Sad Day for Psychiatry