Did you know that the main professional organization of psychiatrists has declared that arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior are all now newly-declared (by them) mental diseases?
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has taken upon itself the task of classifying mental disorders. Their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard for the medical profession and “is used, or relied upon, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers.”
One big problem with classifying personality traits as mental illness is that the person’s legal status changes dramatically. Civil privileges such as driving can be restricted or revoked. Someone diagnosed with a behavioral, mental illness might well be forced into a treatment institution with no right to check out without the official approval of others.
The prospect of having to prove you’re not crazy after a medical categorization is not a pleasant one. A highly talented artist might create great work that expressed a satiric point of view or one contrary to the official government narrative. Under the new mental illness system, such a person has a disease.
Think about that for a minute.
Now, add to the list of arrogant, narcissistic, unusually creative, cynical, and antisocial mental misfits a brand new made-up disease that will surely threaten many outspoken victims’ freedoms. You’ve got to hand it to the shrinks who came up with this insidious “mental illness” – oops, there I go being all cynical again. Judge for yourself:
Oppositional defiant disorder – or ODD – is “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.”
Symptoms that you are in an ODD way include:
- Questioning authority. [Are they serious??]
- Negativity. [Ditto.]
- Defiance. [Ditto ditto.]
- Argumentativeness and being easily annoyed. [Triple ditto.]
The DSM spells out how many of the “disease” symptoms must be present (as identified by the APA-approved diagnosing doctor) to make a positive diagnosis of a mental illness.
The APA must be counting on the fact that many people have never heard of DSM-IV where ODD made its first official appearance.
It doesn’t take that much smarts to figure out that the psychiatric elite are changing the game through legal means to allow the arbitrary diagnosis of anyone who “mouths off” or “dissents.”
It doesn’t take any smarts at all to know that extremely creative people are not mentally ill.
What gives these medical professionals the right to say they are right and the rest of us are wrong?
Medical doctors are in the business of diagnosing, treating, and curing diseases. Having created a whole new billing category for ODD cases, these physicians (sworn to the Hippocratic oath), offer treatment.
Is that surprising?
Does Big Pharma have a hand in this new medical business? Of course they do!
“When the last edition of the DSM-IV was published, identifying the symptoms of various illness in children, there was a jump in the medication for children. Some states even have laws that allow protectives agencies to forcibly medicate, and even make it a punishable crime to withhold a prescribed medication.”
There is now an even newer version of the standard guide to behavioral disorders, DSM-V. The “psychiatrist’s bible” was published in May 2013 and continued “determining insurance benefits and disability.” It also “affects the availability of special education and social services, and is a staple in court proceedings.”
One critic of DMS, Dr. Thomas Insel, who directs the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), wrote that his organization “will be re-orienting its research away from DSM categories” in favor of “developing a system that includes genetics, biomarkers, brain scans and other physical aspects of and testing for mental illnesses.”
Insel downgraded the DMS from Bible to dictionary – a list of terms and their definitions.
Not but two weeks later, Insel collaborated with the president-elect of the APA, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. to prepare a written statement for an official press release. After saying that the DSM “represents the best information currently available for clinical diagnosis of mental disorders,” the authors addressed the “patients, families, and insurers” in the audience who ” can be confident that effective treatments are available” – way to work in a sales pitch, boys! – ” and that the DSM is the key resource for delivering the best available care.”
Wow! I guess they told us. Insel was probably pink-slipped, but not before he could contribute this complete assurance that no one need question the authority of the APA or its DMS because the NIMH “has not changed its position on DSM-5.”
Think on this: over the past 50 years, the DSM has gone from 130 to 374 mental illnesses. That means they invented 244 new diseases in half a century. And that means there are hundreds more billing codes available to doctors’ offices as new revenue streams.
A majority of these illnesses afflict children. How many students do you know who take drugs prescribed by a shrink on the recommendation of a school psychologist (who is not a medical doctor)?
A survey of the top 50 psychiatry earners for 2009-2010 revealed that they were paid by the top seven pharmaceutical companies.
Are you concerned yet?
Speak up now or forever hold your peace. Of course, if you do, you display one of the symptoms of ODD.
Are you concerned now?