Shy much? Do you grieve for lost loved ones? You are now officially "mentally ill!"Submitted by samadamscw on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 12:02
In an ongoing effort to label normal behavior as abnormal, and destructive behavior as acceptable, the American Psychiatric Association is releasing its latest version of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), where in it, Millions of healthy people - including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes - may be wrongly labeled mentally ill
...Some diagnoses - for conditions like "oppositional defiant disorder" and "apathy syndrome" - risk devaluing the seriousness of mental illness and medicalizing behaviors most people would consider normal or just mildly eccentric, the experts said.
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.