Skip to comments.Shyness could be defined as a mental illness
Posted on 02/13/2012 12:37:18 AM PST by Olog-hai
Shyness, bereavement and eccentric behavior could be classed as a mental illness under new guidelines, leaving millions of people at risk of being diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder, experts fear.
Under changes planned to the diagnosis handbook used by doctors in the US, common behavioral traits are likely to be listed as a mental illness, it was reported.
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders could also include internet addiction and gambling as a medical problem.
"We need to be very careful before further broadening the boundaries of illness and disorder," Simon Wessely, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, told the Daily Mail. "Back in 1840, the census of the United States included just one category for mental disorder. "By 1917, the American Psychiatric Association recognized 59, rising to 128 in 1959, 227 in 1980, and 347 in the last revision. Do we really need all these labels? Probably not. And there is a real danger that shyness will become social phobia, bookish kids labeled as Asperger's and so on."
Peter Kinderman, head of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, said it was not "humane" to describe shy or bereaved people as "mentally ill".
There are fears the new classifications are being driven by drug companies seeking to profit from a greater number of illnesses while the private health care system in the States requires a diagnosis recognized by the manual for a patient to be treated as ill.
"DSM5 will radically and recklessly expand the boundaries of psychiatry. Many millions will receive inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatment," said Allen Frances of Duke University, North Carolina.
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Going for a new record of consecutive possssts?
And what are you so pssssssst off about!? ;)
Psychology and psychiatry could be defined as neurosis. Seriously.
Like John Hinkley Jr. had to shoot Reagan so Twinkle Toes would like him!
That was fun, actually!!! I probably should be WHISPERING when I say psssssssssssssst, not shouting, huh.
Then I’ve dated a lot of “mentally ill” girls since high school then..
“do you wanna go out this Saturday?”
HER: “Really??, oh you..tee hee (curls up, smirking, covers face with a notebook)
Well,speaking as someone who is bipolar I find my Psychiatrist to be very helpful and necessary.
I can’t help having a chemical imbalance and I need medication.
LOL,what are you,a snake?
(I’m just busting your hump.)
And yet same-sex attraction is no longer a mental disorder.
“Shyness, bereavement and eccentric behavior could be classed as a mental illness...”
Well you aren’t shy anyway! But you mind be considered eccentric. I’m glad this is over in the U.K. - but I imagine it is only a matter of time till it makes it here. Like the soilders coming back with PTSD being labelled as such IIRC. :(
Will make it interesting in trying to buy a gun. Can’t try to be too discrete about it as you might be considered “shy”. But can’t be too loud and friendly either as that might be eccentric. And don’t even THINK of showing your sadness and “bereavement” when you realize you can’t afford the new $1200 model that just came it!
Also general population control/social engineering - can't have all the individuals out there can we?
I can’t wait to see the side effects of the new drugs that the FDA will approve to treat this “disorder.”
“Also general population control/social engineering...”
I was thinking that it is a way to add more folks to the unemployment roles. And one would think a government would NOT want that. Unless of course by having them on the dole then the government has more control of more people, more control of the money, more power, etc.
This is just one aspect of the general idea that “if they outlaw everything, we will all be criminals”.
The Socialist Masters are constantly on the lookout for new ways to tighten the chains the Slave Population (ie, us).
Of course the 2nd amendment is one of the main targets of this latest refinement of the “outlaw everything” strategy.
Well, I’ve always been shy, and I will say that I think that trait has held me back from accomplishing everything I think I could have accomplished in my life. It’s difficult to work with people, especially when I need to contact someone I’ve never met before.
However, I’m not sure this qualifies as a mental illness. Maybe this new classification of shyness was the brainchild of some extrovert who delights in putting shy people on the spot. Too many extroverts just can’t tolerate seeing shy people being shy, and think they have some sort of mission to “bring us out”—when we’re perfectly happy to just sit there and listen.
Psychology is the science of creating names for things that don’t exist.
Great! Lose your wife, lose your guns!!!
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