Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The upside of overdiagnosing

From Reuters Group plc on the proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

Citing examples of new additions like "mild anxiety depression," "psychosis risk syndrome," and "temper dysregulation disorder," they said many people previously seen as perfectly healthy could in future be told they are ill.

"It's leaking into normality. It is shrinking the pool of what is normal to a puddle," said Til Wykes of the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London.

Labeling everybody as mentally ill kind of puts schizophrenia into perspective, then, doesn't it? The ever elusive "normal" is becoming a shrunken pool.

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