Shyness And Depression After Bereavement Could Be Classed As Mental Illness In New Reforms…(You Can’t Make This Crap Up!)
(The only mental illness I see
Shyness in a child and depression after bereavement could be classed as mental illness in controversial new reforms
By Jenny Hope
9th February 2012
Childhood shyness could be reclassified as a mental disorder under controversial new guidelines, warn experts.
They also fear that depression after bereavement and behaviour now seen as eccentric or unconventional will also become ‘medicalised’.
Internet addiction and gambling might also become forms of illness.
The threat comes in the form of proposed changes to a U.S. manual of mental disorders, viewed as a bible by some in the field.
Although the changes to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders would not directly affect clinical practice here – where doctors tend to use different guidelines – experts say it would eventually influence thinking.
Millions of people, including Britons, could be given a psychiatric diagnosis which could ruin their lives, warn psychiatrists and psychologists here.
The DSM5 changes are also opposed by many experts in the U.S., some of whom claim they reflect efforts by drug companies to sell more products.
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Simon Wessely, of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, said: ‘We need to be very careful before further broadening the boundaries of illness and disorder.
‘Back in 1840 the census of the United States included just one category for mental disorder.
‘By 1917 the American Psychiatric Association recognised 59, rising to 128 in 1959, 227 in 1980, and 347 in the last revision. Do we really need all these labels?
‘Probably not. And there is a real danger that shyness will become social phobia, bookish kids labelled as Asperger’s and so on.’