I have decided to make this thread in response to this one
, since many people were
merely replying without reading the posts that demonstrated that the initial article was grossly misrepresenting the facts. So, hopefully by giving
this its own topic people will actually read it.
First off I would like to make a reply to that specific thread and then I will get more general. People were getting upset over the fact that being
angry, amongst other things would be included within the DSM. However, what the article failed to address was that when they referred to being angry
they actually were referring to something called intermittent explosive disorder. This is a disorder in which a person is prone to unprecipitated
bouts of anger that can possibly result in violence. If a person suffers from this disorder they are not the only person affected by it. It also
affects those around them such as friends, family, and co-workers and as a result relationships can placed under a great strain and a person's work
may suffer to the point that they lose their job. In other words it significantly affects the person's ability to function normally.
This brings us to our next topic. One thing all disorders have in common in the DSM is that they all affect a person's ability to function normally.
If you flip to any disorder on Axis I one of the symptoms will be similar to:
The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared social or performance situation(s) interferes significantly with the person's normal
routine, occupational (academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.
Except it will be specific to the disorder that is being discussed. So, the next time claims similar to those made in the original article come up
remember that they are not a mental illness unless they are disrupting a person's regular routine.
Another thing I noticed in the other topic was that people seemed to think that by adding all these disorders, psychiatrists were acting on the part
of a conspiracy to control the population through drugs. This is completely impossible however. First off a person goes to a psychiatrist under their
own free will. These are people who suffer day after day and are forced to seek professional help. Even if you have the symptoms of a mental illness
you don't have to see a psychiatrist if you don't want to. Of course there is the exception if you pose a threat to yourself or others. So, even if
a disorder is added to the DSM and you fit the symptoms you don't have to do anything about it if you don't want to. And even if you do decide to
see someone you don't have to take anything prescribed to you.
Then there's people complaining about psychiatrists prescribing drugs. Of course they're going to prescribe drugs, they're trained in a biological
model just as doctors are and as a result they prescribe medication to deal with the biological factors that are causing the problem behavior. If you
don't want a drug treatment then you can go see a clinical psychologist who are trained in behavioral and cognitive models and as a result they will
attempt to get you to change your behaviors and thoughts as a means to overcome the disorder. Therefore, even if something is added to the DSM
medication is not your only treatment. In fact many of the cognitive-behavioral therapies are just as effective as medication in most cases, but
people decide to see psychiatrists instead.
So, I fail to see how psychiatry is a conspiracy when people are free to choose whether they want help or not; are free to choose what style of
treatment they receive; and are free to choose whether or not they continue with the treatment. Furthermore, if a pill is ineffective at doing what it
is designed to do it would never get through the FDA, and if it somehow did manage to it would be found out since once a pill is out on the market
independent scientists will do studies of their own on its effectiveness that are published in peer-reviewed journals. So, if psychiatry is such a
sham please provide evidence that the thousands upon thousands of peer-reviewed studies are false, that people truly have no choice on going to a
psychiatrist and their treatment, not to mention the millions of people who admit that their lives were saved thanks to psychiatry.