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An attempt to classify all of humanity as 'Mentally Ill' !??
We have, as yet, only glimpses into the fundamental causes of the common mental illnesses, and there are no biological tests to diagnose them.
Doctors can only question people about their state of mind and observe their behaviour, classifying illness according to the most obvious symptoms.
They are streamlining diagnoses by removing various subtypes of schizophrenia, for example, and intend to address the confusion created by the fact that many people with one condition meet criteria for other disorders as well. The DSM-V task force is expected to propose a series of "dimensions" to be considered with a patient's main diagnosis. So as well as deciding whether someone has, say, bipolar disorder, doctors would determine whether they are suffering from problems such as anxiety and sleeping disturbances, and assess them on a simple scale of severity.
The APA says the confidentiality agreements are to stop the manual's authors writing their own diagnostic handbooks alongside the official manual.
Given the controversy, psychosis risk may not make it into the DSM proper, and may instead appear in the appendix, as a condition needing more research. But even that designation might boost prescribing.
Originally posted by ThorinOak
Recalling a psych class I took recently, a persons only considered mentaly ill if they meet the tenets of the DSM AND it impedes there ability to function properly in society. (i.e. you're so concerned about the NWO that you never leave your house and only drink your own urine (because it's the only liquid they couldn't contaminate))
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
reply to post by diablomonic
As for psychoactive medications? They have been around for my entire lifetime. The difference is....many of them actually work now.
So this is a big bugaboo about ...... nothing much new. They generally do change some criteria to meet certain diagnoses, and sometimes change the names of certain syndromes. Remember the path of "Psychopath...Sociopath....Antisocial Personality Disorder" ?
They do make those kinds of changes. I've had the pleasure to meet people who sit on these committee's, and they are generally the best and the brightest, very brilliant psychiatrists who wish to harm no one.
The DSM is simply a tool for practitioners. It is nothing sinister.
Media reports alleging that mental health professionals had helped develop abusive interrogation methods prompted APA leaders in 2005 to appoint a task force, which concluded that psychologists were playing a "valuable and ethical role" in assisting the military.
When the task force members were identified a year later, a majority proved to have military affiliations. Behnke, the APA ethics director, found nothing wrong with those connections and said some military members of the task force have been responsible for preventing abuses at Guantanamo and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.