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In a damning analysis of an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health experts said its new categories and "tick-box" diagnosis systems were at best "silly" and at worst "worrying and dangerous."
Some diagnoses - for conditions like "oppositional defiant disorder" and "apathy syndrome" - risk devaluing the seriousness of mental illness and medicalising behaviors most people would consider normal or just mildly eccentric, the experts said.
"Many people who are shy, bereaved, eccentric, or have unconventional romantic lives will suddenly find themselves labeled as mentally ill," he said. "It's not humane, it's not scientific, and it won't help decide what help a person needs."
At the other end of the spectrum, the new DSM, due out next year, could give medical diagnoses for serial rapists and sex abusers - under labels like "paraphilic coercive disorder" - and may allow offenders to escape prison by providing what could be seen as an excuse for their behavior, they added.
Originally posted by Blue Shift
As someone who could actually be diagnosed with shyness to the point it becomes Social Anxiety Disorder, it's difficult to get people to understand. Calling my disorder "shyness" is like calling a decapitation a "paper cut." It has consistently created horrible limitations and turmoil in my life. If nothing else, a little bit of understanding would help. Unfortunately, it's a hidden illness. People with no legs get sympathy. Not folks like me.