Last edited by judiz; 12-09-2012 at 02:51 PM.
I really hope they don't end up adding Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Having half of the human population being potentially perceived as mentally ill just because they can experience very unpleasant menstrual related symptoms is beyond ridiculous. Of course the diagnostic criteria is supposed to be very strict but still.
Same with another wonderful idea of diagnosing personality disorders in young children... who don't have a personality developed yet.
With each edition of the DSM it is swelling and the spectrum of normality is becoming narrower and narrower. :/
Another suggestion is to shorten the grief period to one month IIRC. Traditionally we grieved for one year (in European culture anyway). It's 6 months at the moment but I guess the insurance companies don't want to pay for that long so they are lobbying to shorten it. I guess the big pharma wants exactly the opposite, it would be so interesting to observe all the backroom stuff and the lobbying going on between those two and APA.
Of course it would have been better if it never existed than to go through the whole mess of removing it now.
Creating a spectrum for all autism related disorders is a much better idea IMO.
And as far as mental illness specifically goes, we still understand very little about how the brain works.
I do agree with you on the stigmatisation the labels give. And feeling like you need a disease label in order to be shown understanding and compassion from others. :/
You can have certain OCD personality traits but not have an actual OCD diagnosis, for example.
I do love this picture of a psychology or psychiatry exam though:
(My guess is that C would be the right answer)
Last edited by Ziggy; 12-10-2012 at 02:48 AM.
I don't understand the claim that young children don't have a personality. Mine seemed to have quite distinct personalities at a young age. Is there a scientific definition of "having a personality"? Merriam Webster defines "personality" as "the quality or state of being a person."
At the moment DSM states that for up to 6 months following the death of a close person, your mood might be adversely affected by that. So you might be experiencing something like a mild/moderate depression caused by that loss, basically. Which means that you are eligible to receive treatment that your insurance in many cases has to cover. Which is one of the reasons we need labels. An insurer (whether private or state) won't pay for treatment unless it's in the ICD-10 (this is the disease classification system developed by WHO that most countries in the world use, the mental illness part of it is based on DSM).
In the next edition of DSM, it has been proposed to shorten that period to 1 month. If that happens, then your insurer only has to pay for one month of counselling/therapy/anti-depressants instead of up to six. So that is definitely in their interest.
On the other hand, it is definitely in the interest of the pharmaceutical companies to create more and more new mental disorders because that increases their market. New diseases need new drugs to be treated with.
Introversion/extraversion is one of the personality traits in the "big five" theory which is the most common (neuroticism, openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness are the four others).
There's also a psychological construct called "temperament" and that is genetic and innate and is shown already in early childhood (some children will be very active and restless, others more quiet for example) and not really dependent on upbringing and life experiences.
I believe someday we'll understand mental illness much better and we'll find that they all have physiological causes that manifest themselves mentally. For example, it may be found that people who hear voices have some sort of neurological condition where their brain synapses don't fire correctly.
I fully acknowledge that I might be wrong. But this is my strong suspicion seeing how poorly therapy has treated people in my family while finding the right combination of pharmaceuticals has worked wonders.
Actual bumper sticker series: Jesus is my co-pilot. Satan is my financial advisor. Budha is my therapist. L. Ron Hubbard owes me $50.