"Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Uber Alles
Every few years, psychiatrists get together and decide what kind of behaviors and feelings are and are not mental illnesses, are and are not "dangerous thinking". They publish their decisions in the DSM, which guides the entire field and determines which of us need their help, voluntary or not. Putting more and more conditions and modes of thinking into the definitions provides them with more and more potential patients, voluntary or not. Those of us who have had problems adjusting to life, and want to know what is wrong and what we can do about it, often learn from psychiatrists and counselors only what they calculate will keep us dependent upon them.
They use few, if any, references to physical measurements. They cannot tell us, for example, exactly how memories are formed or emotions are felt in the brain. What physical neurological tests that exist are so expensive that they almost never use them. Especially in a one-hour evaluation to decide who is and is not dangerous, deserving deprivation of civil rights, or otherwise in need of their help. Instead they make those judgments, for which they claim the prestige of medical opinion, based upon the DSM and answers to their questions, which they interpret according to their self-awarded "special insight" into human behavior.
As a result, their predictions of future dangerous behavior are often so false that it would be more fair to flip a coin. Which has been demonstrated in legal and medical journals and research going back more than thirty years. So what do they expect from the rest of us?
Well, gooolleeey, when a buncha people with degrees get together and decide they know it all, the resta us egnarint people awta just shut up, give up on kritcal thinkin, and listen. Cause we just donn know what they all are talkin bout.
I don't think I care to drink that Kool-aid. Isn't it about time that psychiatry had to justify its judgments based upon real and repeatable medical and physical evidence? Just like the rest of Medicine. "