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The fifth edition of psychiatry’s official diagnostic manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), has gone to print with a new diagnosis included that could easily label millions of normal Americans as mentally ill.
“Somatic symptom disorder” is a new entity that the American Psychiatric Association would have us believe suddenly exists. To merit the diagnosis a person need only report a single physical symptom that he or she finds distressing or disruptive to daily life for at least six months, along with just one of the following being true:
a) The person has disproportionate, persistent thoughts about the seriousness of their symptoms.
b) The person reports or displays a persistently high level of anxiety about his or her health or symptoms.
c) The person is devoting excessive time and energy to his or her symptoms or health concerns.
Mind you, studies by the American Psychiatric Association have already shown that 15 percent of folks with either cancer or heart disease would be diagnosed with this disorder, and 26 percent of those with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia. What’s more, 7 percent of people who have no active medical diagnosis also could qualify.
Suddenly, being worried about your physical health in a way that a psychologist or psychiatrist or social worker considers “disproportionate” to your symptoms makes you mentally ill. Or, devoting yourself to treating your medical illness in a way that a psychiatric nurse practitioner considers “excessive” makes you mentally ill. Or, questioning your first and second opinions about a complicated or atyptical case of migraines or colitis or sinusitis makes you psychiatrically disordered.
originally posted by: IamAbeliever
reply to post by bonsaihorn
Yes, they used to refer to these people as hypochondriacs. These days they have to give everything a catchy little name.
I'm a Registered Nurse, and have heard another term, psychosomatic, tossed around frequently. It means that someone's symptoms are all in their head.