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A. Scientific and medical sounding names for everyday behaviour: DSM-5
1. The DSM-5 creates uses Scientistic and medical sounding labels to create the illusion that your behaviour is a medical problem, disorder and disease.
a. Billing an insurance company for treating little Johnny's "temper tantrum" would be rightly met with scorn.
b. But create a Scientistic and medical sounding label called, "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder" and the insurance company start writing cheques.
c. There is no difference between a "temper tantrum" and "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder", but the latter sounds like a mental disorder that needs to be treated by a doctor.
d. Therein lays the fraud and the conn of the modern psychiatry and the DSM-5.
2. The DSM-5 has over 300 categories of everyday human behaviour that are usually one of the 153 sins listed in the Bible.
a. There are hundreds of examples of medical sounding names for everyday behaviour.
b. Generally they will take Greek
c. "Trichotillomania disorder" is Greek for "twisting your hair so it falls out"
d. "Dysthymia disorder" is Greek for "someone who sulks, is negative and self-pitying.
e. "Histrionic disorder" is Greek for "someone who loves to be the center of attention through inappropriate emotional expressions, including seductive behavior if all else fails."
f. "Anankastic disorder" is Greek for "someone who behaves in fixed and set patterns of behaviour that cannot be changed".
3. Before the DSM, psychiatry and psychology were not viewed with the same respect and science as true medicine.
a. DSM-5 continues the goal of psychiatrists and psychologists to be viewed as real medical specialists by selecting scientific sounding "Greek word equivalents" for everyday human behaviour.
b. The DSM-5 is the primary billing tool so insurance companies and governmen
After all, he notes, homosexuality was listed as a “sociopathic personality disorder” when the DSM was first published in 1952, and remained so until 1973. “Doctors were paid to treat it, scientists to search for its causes and cures,” he writes in The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry. “Gay people themselves underwent countless therapies including electric shocks, years on the couch, behaviour modification and surrogate sex.”
A method to the supposed madness
Dr. Michael McWilliams suggested an answer. As an associate professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School, he understands the arcane regulations that cover how Medicare reimburses my Medicare Advantage plan for the care I get. He told me that each of us covered by these plans is assigned a risk score. As we develop more health problems, our risk score increases. “The home visits conducted by Medicare Advantage plans allow for the capture of more diagnoses, which in turn increases the risk score that adjusts plan payments from Medicare. Generally speaking, the more diagnoses recorded, the higher the payment,” Dr. Williams says.
He explains that the risk adjustment system was created to ensure that plans don’t enroll only the healthiest patients, who are less likely to run up charges for expensive procedures and hospital stays. To provide an incentive for insurers to cover sicker patients, the plans are paid commensurately more for their care.
These home invasions are generally unwarranted, unwelcome, and ultimately useless in the grand scheme of medical care. The insurance companies want to gather data to reduce their exposure to risk, raise rates, and get paid by federal government programs for millions of subscribers. The insurance companies themselves have a ton of conflict of interest, as only they stand to gain by this government and insurance industry-funded procedure, not patients or physicians. Another concern is that these invasions become patients’ yearly wellness visit. Instead of getting a wellness visit with a personal physician, the visit is usurped by an employee of the insurance company. Not only does the insurer collect data, but avoids a claim from an independent physician who might otherwise handle the wellness visit. The insurer can essentially divert the money CMS pays for these visits for their own data mining operation.