If you are a parent then there is a good chance your child has been labeled with some type of disorder, whether it be mental, depressive, or hyperactive. But even if your child is “lucky” enough to dodge the onslaught of disease labeling, you can be sure that most other children around weren’t as fortunate. While there are numerous reasons for the influx of disorder-labeling such as additives in the food, toxins in the water, and chemicals in the air, one of the main reasons actually has everything to do with a simple stroke of a pen in a book known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM.
You May Have a New Disorder with the Stroke of a Pen
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the bible of mental health as far as psychiatrists are concerned. This book possesses the definition of every single disorder known to man, and also every disorder invented by man. Similar to how lawyers are often thought to have their own language which no normal person would fully understand, this book holds a language of its own to classify people into certain categories. If you are a 296.22, you have experienced a single mild episode of major depressive disorder, while if you are a 301.83 you very close to having personality disorder.
As the decades have gone by, the amount of disorders someone can possibly have has gone up by the hundreds. Most notably, homosexuality was battled for inclusion, describing people as having a “sociopathic personality disturbance.” Later, it was replaced with a disorder called “ego-dystonic homosexuality,” a problem specifically surfacing from a source of distress.
The book is currently on its fourth edition, but the DSM-5’s planned release is coming in May of 2013. As the DSM editions continue to be released, the criteria for labeling a person for many disorders becomes much lower. Psychiatrists, the pharmaceutical industry and all of their ties love these changes, as medications are prescribed with even less effort on the medical establishment’s part. With a few simple strokes in this book, every single person in the country could soon be labeled as having a disorder, whether caught by medical “professionals” or not.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is Leading to Unnecessary Medication Use
During the 1990’s childhood ADD, a disorder ridiculously common today, exploded so much that a 700 percent increase in Ritalin and other stimulants use was seen. You may or may not be surprised to know that your child “has ADD” so long as 6 of 9 boxes from a list of symptoms are checked, symptoms like “often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly” or “often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.” Two other proposed disorders for the DSM-5 are “mild neurocognitive disorder” in the elderly and “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder” in kids. With the approval of these disorders, there will undoubtedly be a dramatics increase in powerful antipsychotic drug use. These drugs which breed overweight, diabetic children, rose to the top in 2008 with over $14 billion in sales, and have been pushed on millions of children since 2009 alone.
Whether more disorders are added to DSM-5 or not, it is more than expected that criteria be lowered for already existing disorders. No matter the final decision, this book has been helping the pharmaceutical industry for decades while causing millions of people to suffer from unnecessary medications. The vicious profit-driven cycle brought to you by the pharmaceutical industry only leads you to become dependent on their products while heavily contributing to the decline of legitimate health practices.
4 thoughts on “DSM – The ‘Psychiatric Bible’ Responsible for Over Medicating the Population”
In that same vein, watch this vid. It's kinda long, but you can divide it up and watch it in segments.
You'll be mad as hell when you're done watching.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MEDICATION . THE PSYCHIATRIST WHO MAKES THE DIAGNOSIS OR G.P.?JAMES
i totally agree that branding or labeling people with whatever disorder is a disturbing trend… i sure do hope that people would be smart enough to know that they are just going through some times and not because they have gone cuckoo.
Interestingly enough, society has created (not just the psychiatrists or big pharma (I can go into it if you want, but I won’t)) has created most of the “disorders” in the DSM. There are true disorders like Bi-Polar (Manic-Depressive to those from the earlier times) which has severe consequences like suicide and murder, MPD (multiple personality disorder (most people call it schizophrenia, but that is a disconnect with our version of reality), dementia, alzheimers. For those diseases (or genetic defects depending on your school of thought) medication virtually required to avoid the disease becoming worse.
Then come the fictitious disorder(s) (that is actually a disorder too…. interesting). These include things like ADHD (sooooo, childhood, right?) the proposed disorders that are the Menstrual/hormonal imbalance that are created by hormones during a womans period or homosexuality.
These supposed disorderws are created by society.
In my moind people who are so Anti GMO, or anti Meat suffer from a disorder, it’s called stupidity.
Yes GMO’s may cause issues, but they also could (if corporations weren’t so f-ed up and greedy) feed the world (you know, those hungry african children or something).
Anti Meat? That is so screwed up that it isn’t funny anymore. We as a species are designed to eat meat AND greens. We have these rending and slicing teeth for meat eating. Yes, we also have molars for chewing leafs. Fine. I love spinach, yet I also love venison. Have you ever met a fat vegan? generally no (well, once, it was sad, they had no energy to do anything, yet kept eating just salad. they finally go t hospitalized, got a BALANCED DIET, and actually got skinnier as she ate meat and carbs, go figure.).
I think I got away from the point.
I don’t even remember what my point was