The “Disorder” Society

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Conveniently, the medical-pharmaceutical-psychiatric complex can now consider almost any child to be mentally ill. This article in the Wall Street Journal notes that children are suffering from diseases that haven’t even been defined yet. I did not make that up. From the article:

At one of the closed-door meetings at the Hotel Palomar in Arlington in 2008 about a dozen psychiatry experts gathered to zero in on one sticky issue: Whether to define a new children’s disease called Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder—a condition characterized by children who are constantly irritable and can be explosive. This differs from bipolar disorder, which is characterized by periods of depression and “manic” episodes—extreme swings of happiness or irritability.

This “disorder” was previously going to be termed “Temper Dysregulation Disorder.” Psychiatric “experts” are currently debating whether this “disorder” should be included in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The article also notes the “disorder” termed Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Yes, there really is, and has been, such a thing. No longer are children deemed “brats,” or just having a bratty moment. Being a brat is an affliction to be solved by government and its spiderweb of controlling complexes. Now here’s a parting shot for readers, from the article, that ought to spell the obvious:

Inclusion of a new disease in the DSM has potential to affect millions of patients and billions of health-care dollars. Some 30% or more of Americans are diagnosed with at least one mental illness in their lifetimes, and psychiatric drugs are among the most prescribed medicines in the U.S. Nearly $40 billion was spent last year on the top three types—antipsychotics, antidepressants and medication for attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder—according to IMS Health.

2:40 pm on November 2, 2012
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