The American Psychiatric Association is set to approve a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Holy Bible of practicing psychologists, this spring. It’s the fifth such major revision and by far the most controversial.
DSM 5 adds hundreds of new diagnoses. Going by this book, almost everybody in America is mentally ill; most of us should be on medication, too. Following are a few issues raised by Dr. Allen Frances, MD. He was chair of the DSM 4 Task Force and is a professor emeritus at Duke University.
This is, of course, excellent news for the gun control activists. Now they will have a dozen reasons to lock up anybody for any reason anytime they want to.
You can read his full article here, at the Psychology Today website.
“1) Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: DSM 5 will turn temper tantrums into a mental disorder– a puzzling decision based on the work of only one research group. We have no idea whatever how this untested new diagnosis will play out in real life practice settings, but my fear is that it will exacerbate, not relieve, the already excessive and inappropriate use of medication in young children.
2) Normal grief will become Major Depressive Disorder, thus medicalizing and trivializing our expectable and necessary emotional reactions to the loss of a loved one and substituting pills and superficial medical rituals for the deep consolations of family, friends, religion, and the resiliency that
comes with time and the acceptance of the limitations of life.
3) The every day forgetting characteristic of old age will now be misdiagnosed as Minor Neurocognitive Disorder, creating a huge false positive population of people who are not at special risk for dementia
4) DSM 5 will likely trigger a fad of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder leading to widespread misuse of stimulant drugs for performance enhancement and recreation and contributing to the already large illegal secondary market in diverted prescription drugs.
5) Excessive eating 12 times in 3 months is no longer just a manifestation of gluttony and the easy availability of really great tasting food. DSM 5 has instead turned it into a psychiatric illness called Binge Eating Disorder.
6) The changes in the DSM 5 definition of Autism will result in lowered rates– 10% according to estimates by the DSM 5 work group, perhaps 50% according to outside research groups
7) First time substance abusers will be lumped in definitionally in with hard core addicts despite their very different treatment needs and prognosis and the stigma this will cause.
8) 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. Watch out forcareless overdiagnosis of internet and sex addiction and the development of lucrative treatment programs to exploit these new markets.
9) DSM 5 obscures the already fuzzy boundary between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the worries of everyday life. Small changes in definition can create millions of anxious new ‘patients’ and expand the already widespread practice of inappropriately prescribing addicting anti-anxiety medications.
10) DSM 5 has opened the gate even further to the already existing problem of misdiagnosis of PTSD in forensic settings.”
So, according to this President Obama’s “recreational” use of cocaine as a teenager makes him a hard-core druggie. This is reinforced by his addiction to tobacco (he still smokes, even though he bulliesthe entire White House staff to not divulge this – those temper tantrums are a no-no.)
Thank you, DSM 5. Now I have proof that Obama belongs in a padded cell.