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Critics Blast Big Psychiatry for Invented and Redefined Mental Illnesses OR HOW YOU COULD BE LABELED MENTALLY ILL AND LOSE YOUR GUNS

 
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Critics Blast Big Psychiatry for Invented and Redefined Mental Illnesses OR HOW YOU COULD BE LABELED MENTALLY ILL AND LOSE YOUR GUNS
Some paragraphs from article about the book that could tag a huge number of people as now being "mentally ill".

May 13, 2012 (not new but could be critical for many)


As the elite of the nation’s psychiatric establishment work in the shadows to fully revise the highly controversial handbook labeling various behaviors and emotional states as “illnesses,” experts across the board are crying foul.
A handful of new potential mental disorders and the revised definitions for others have caused a particularly fierce uproar among some psychiatrists and mental health professionals. .
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The debate and its resolutions, of course, will have serious repercussions. Depending on the outcome of the ongoing conflict, millions of people may suddenly find out that they are afflicted with newly created “diseases,” while others — especially certain individuals diagnosed with forms of autism — may no longer qualify under the new definitions. Tens of millions more may soon be officially considered “addicts” under the revised definition for addiction, too.
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The proposed changes would have broad implications affecting everything from treatment regimens to welfare programs, criminal law, and even education. But around the world, psychiatrists and mental health professionals are fighting back hard, urging the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to hold off on the revisions until more discussion and research can take place.
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Known as the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM), the controversial handbook is widely used around the globe by the mental health industry, governments, insurance companies, and more.
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"[The DSM] is wrong in principle, based as it is on redefining a whole range of understandable reactions to life circumstances as 'illnesses,' which then become a target for toxic medications heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry," clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone with a Health Board in Wales told Reuters.
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Countless other experts agree, according to recent news reports, with many questioning whether a private group of individuals who stand to benefit by creating more diseases should really be writing the manual in the first place. Among the most vocal critics of the new proposals is Duke University psychiatry Prof. Allen Frances, who told the New York Times that the overly broad and vague definitions would create more “false epidemics” and increase the “medicalization of everyday behavior.”
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“The DSM is distinct from all other diagnostic manuals because it has an enormous, perhaps too large, impact on society and millions of people’s lives,”

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[link to thenewamerican.com]

Last Edited by Ralph--a house dog on 01/19/2013 05:10 PM
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Re: Critics Blast Big Psychiatry for Invented and Redefined Mental Illnesses OR HOW YOU COULD BE LABELED MENTALLY ILL AND LOSE YOUR GUNS
profit motive beats common sense and human decency every time!
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Re: Critics Blast Big Psychiatry for Invented and Redefined Mental Illnesses OR HOW YOU COULD BE LABELED MENTALLY ILL AND LOSE YOUR GUNS
Lots of talk coming from various would be gun grabbers, from requiring YEARLY mental health checks to a note from a shrink in order to buy ammo.

Apparently anyone who has EVER been prescribed antidepressants will be targeted as well as anyone ever diagnosed as having even the mildest degree of deviation from "normal", an ambiguous term that even psychiatrists admit is not realistically defined.
"Who decides?"
---Robert A. Heinlein

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"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.....Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
----Dylan Thomas

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