The DSM is Both Political and Neo-Religiious Crap

There are way too many psychiatrists.  It is a glutted field filled with people often times better suited to the field of rapidly preparing ground meat preparations, French fries and shakes.

The DSM is their Bible, literally not figuratively speaking it is filled with quasi-religion based judgments.

It is as much a tool aimed at enforcing the misogynistic rule of the patriarchy and the ruling elite as is religion.

Forget Transsexualism for a moment.  Consider Asperger’s syndrome or as I call it the nerd/bookworm syndrome.  The Japanese have a different word “otaku”.  It describes a non conformist really into a specialized field of study, often with little outside of the world of fandom for corporate interests to exploit.

Non-conformity itself is considered a sign of mental illness.

Hell I consider non-conformity an act of rebellion against the slave owners of the rich corporate elite who would rather have us act as money producing robots who work and consume mindlessly like drone bees and worker ants.

Marching to the beat of a different drummer and doing your own thing without harm to others was why I was considered a hippie.

I can’t help but remember how as recently as the 1960s women who didn’t conform to the role of possessed by father until a bride and then a slave to her husband women were subject to having their mental health questioned.

The removal of gay and lesbianism from the DSM was not based on some arcane form of scientific research coming up with a genetic marker showing innateness the way so many transsexuals seem to hope will happen for transsexualism.  Oh no.  Homosexuality was removed from the DSM because queers stormed the gates of their gatherings with figurative pitch forks and torches.

In the words of the old IWW slogan, “Direct Action Gets the Goods.”

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US – The fight over the DSM… [2010-02-13 LA Times]

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-diagnostic13-2010feb13,0,5577548.story

EDITORIAL

The fight over the DSM
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders isn’t due until 2013, but that has stopped critics.

February 13, 2010

Anew diagnostic manual prepared by the American Psychiatric Assn. either trivializes serious conditions, needlessly encourages hurtful stereotypes or succumbs to political correctness, depending on whom you believe.

Even experts will question one classification or another in the draft fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is why it’s been posted on the Internet for comments years before its expected publication in 2013. But the intention of the authors — to define more precisely which conditions require psychotherapy and how they’re related to one another — is laudable. And some of the early objections seem rooted more in politics or perception than in science.

For example, some parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome, which is characterized by social unease and obsessive interest in arcane subjects, apparently resent the fact that, instead of being its own category, Asperger’s will be grouped with three other syndromes under the heading “autism spectrum disorders.” That’s of concern because they don’t want their children labeled autistic.

It’s important to be sensitive, but not to the point of minimizing connections that can aid treatment. Other critics fault the manual for being too politically correct, as reflected in terminology changes such as “gender incongruence” in place of “gender identity disorder” to describe children uncomfortable with their gender. That and other changes — such as the replacement of “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” — do seem designed to avoid stigma, but they do so without changing the meaning, so we don’t see anything wrong with that.

The manual is also being criticized for including a supposedly arbitrary inventory of addictions — gambling and binge eating are in but not sex or Internet overuse. That debate is a reminder that whether a problem is or is not included in the DSM can have real-world consequences: The manual is used by health insurers to decide what treatments to cover, as well as by state agencies, schools and courts.

The variety of criticisms reflects the fact that, compared with other fields of medicine, psychiatry lacks precision and that psychiatric classifications often have moral and political overtones.

With all its imperfections, the DSM serves an important purpose for psychiatrists and doctors in general practice. That doesn’t mean therapists can’t be alert to specific complaints from their patients that confound or combine the categories. As with the Bible, in some cases the manual should be taken not literally but seriously.

© 2010, The Los Angeles Times

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Transsexualism No Longer Viewed as Mental Illness in France

There is supposedly a longer version in the print edition.  But the editions vary with location.  If it is in the one we get I will scan it and post it.  This makes official something that first started last year.

From the New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/world/europe/13briefs-France.html?scp=1&sq=transsexualism&st=cse

By MAÏA de la BAUME

France has removed transsexualism from an official list of mental illnesses, according to an order issued by the French Ministry of Health reported Friday by French news media. The order issued Wednesday removed “gender identity disorders” from an article of the social security code related to “long-term psychiatric diseases.” According to media reports, France is the first country in the world to do so.

From Le Monde

Le transsexualisme n’est plus une maladie mentale en France

e transsexualisme n’est plus considéré comme une maladie mentale en France, premier pays au monde à le sortir de la liste des affections psychiatriques par un décret, publié au Journal officiel. Ce décret du ministère de la santé supprime “les troubles précoces de l’identité de genre”d’un article du code de la Sécurité sociale relatif aux “affections psychiatriques de longue durée”Roselyne Bachelot, ministre de la santé, avait annoncé le 16 mai 2009, à la veille de la journée mondiale de la lutte contre l’homophobie et la transphobie, que le transsexualisme ne serait plus considéré comme une affection psychiatrique en France.

“La France est le premier pays au monde à ne plus considérer le transsexualisme comme pathologie mentale”, s’est félicité Joël Bedos, responsable français au Comité Idaho(International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia).