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The DSM is an American publication (from the American Psychiatric Association), and it has become a tool to validate insurance claims, but it was not always so. That's why so many people use the ICD-10 instead these days.Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Someone very close to me is a grad student in mental health. According to her, the major purpose of the DSM (in the USA at least) is to be able to have a diagnosis that the insurance company will accept.
Since someone who has lost a loved one could most likely use some counseling, and general grief isn't covered, having multiple issues, of which grief of 2 weeks or more is but one of many, means that more people who could benefit from professional help can get it.
If you have to pay for help if you don't have a diagnosis, and you don't have money to pay for help, these changes will make it easier to get a diagnosis and therefore easier to get help for those who need it but can't afford it.
Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Someone very close to me
Rainswept wrote:Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Someone very close to me
Rev, you can't say things like that just cause they are next to you on the Subway. Trust me man, I've been there.
black bart wrote:There really is a 'London beneath' you know...and I know how to find it. I could take you to Henry VIII's wine cellar (one of the few surviving parts of Whitehall Palace), a lost 17C library and lost corridors/shelters with WW2 bunks...not to mention charred timbers from the Great Fire and spooky crypts.
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Griffin wrote:Roy Hunter wrote:<QUOTE Griffin> Biopsychosocial Medicine ~ Peter White
Which is a conspiracy to condemn everyone with unexplained illnesses as mentally ill. Engels has a lot to answer for.<eNDquOte>
You should look at the revisions planned for DSM V: they plan on making ordinary grief a mental disorder, and they are introducing a category for 'behavioural addictions' like gambling and using Facebook (addictions to my mind need to have a physiological aspect, like alcohol or opiates). They are also lowering the threshold for the incidence of illnesses like depression.
It looks like we will have a whole load more medicalisation of normal human ups and downs.
Yes, they've gone totally nuts. Another thing they have introduced is Somatic Syndrome Disorder - see here - so anyone with a serious biomedical illness may be diagnosed with SSD - get cancer and you are likely to be mentally ill etc. It's horrendous. There was a consultation period (I contributed) but they ignored what people said. If you saw any of the trials they did on their new diagnostics, the results were dreadful and amazing that they are going ahead regardless. It went to the printers last week. The rumour is that the APA is short of money so they are getting DSM-V out as quickly as possible.
So what you're saying is that, in your estimation, introducing new and unnecessary categories of mental disorders is a diagnosable mental disorder?
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:black bart wrote:There really is a 'London beneath' you know...and I know how to find it. I could take you to Henry VIII's wine cellar (one of the few surviving parts of Whitehall Palace), a lost 17C library and lost corridors/shelters with WW2 bunks...not to mention charred timbers from the Great Fire and spooky crypts.
Be thar buried traysure?
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