Skip to comments.Major Revisions to Psychiatric Definitions Stir Debate
Posted on 04/18/2010 9:58:03 AM PDT by decimon
The way psychiatrists describe childhood mood swings, gender identity, autism and dozens of mental health disorders could soon change drastically.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is in the midst of massive revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM. This tome is the repository of diagnostic criteria for everything from schizophrenia to insomnia.
The implications are far-reaching, from how a disorder is named and so how it's viewed by the public to whether treatment for the disorder gets covered by health insurance. For instance, the controversy over the naming and inclusion of gender-identity issues could mean insurance companies won't pay for sex reassignment surgery or hormones for adults. And naming a disorder can be the best thing for those suffering symptoms and not knowing what they have.
The revisions for the 5th edition are sparking debate among patients, psychiatrists and the public at large. In fact, the history of psychiatry is littered with controversial psychiatric disorders.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
I’ll take whatever disqualifies the most people for gun ownership for $200 Alex.
Ongoing effort to Sovietize US psychiatry. Get all these pesky conservatives out of the voting rolls and into the psych wards...
No doubt these same forces are at work in the latest "revision," and the result will be a further prostitution of this so-called "science" into a vehicle for perversion.
Do they have Obama Narcissistic Disorder?
This is scary and really does remind me of Russia.
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Very interesting article. I urge people to click the link and read the whole thing, doesn't take long. Simple version: some kinds of sexual perverts just have a "disorder" if it means they can get surgery and meds and be protected legally; other sexual perverts are perfectly normal and cannot be discriminated against becausem they're just like Norman Rockwells' America. Bratty kids will have a disorder so parents and teachers can drug them into insenisbility, and no one gets left out or has any personal responsibility.
Oh, the line for your weekly Soma dose forms to the left. Step up!
One of the revisions has to do with eliminating from the DSM the condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome and placing it wholly within the area of Autism Spectrum. This would be disasterous IMHO.
It seems like they’re inventing new “disorders” as they go along.
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Or, removing them for political reasons - e.g., removal of homosexuality from the DSM.
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