Beware: New Labels Being Invented

It seems that the world is about to become a much more mentally unstable place! All that it will take is the publication of a revision of a very important book: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

This publication is the ‘Bible of Psychiatry’ as it describes all the mental disorders known to man (and then some!). It is therefore the first thing that a psychiatrist will reach for when attempting to make a diagnosis.

The proposed new edition of the DSM is attracting widespread criticism as it is felt that the psychiatrists working on it must suffer from a disorder off their own namely “Over Definition Addiction”!

Many things that were previously just seen as being part of the scale of normal human behavior are described as disorders in the manual. Whatever you are struggling with, it seems that the new DSM will have a label for you:

•    Rudeness – Antisocial Behavior Disorder
•    Temper Tantrums – Temper Dysregulation with Dysphoria
•    Overeating – Binge Eating Disorder
•    Rebelliousness – Oppositional Defiant Disorder
•    Promiscuousness – Hypersexual Disorder
•    Attention Seeking – Histrionic Personality Disorder

•    Selfishness – Narcissistic Behavior Disorder

All of this labeling would actually have been extremely funny if it was not so very dangerous. Those of us who have been working in the field of ADD/ADHD for a long time are acutely aware of these dangers and I will therefore be at the forefront of warning people not to be sucked in by this ‘medicalization’ of everyday life.

Allow me to point out a few of the dangers:

Increased levels of psychiatric treatment: I do not think that it is overly cynical to point out that for every new ‘disorder’ that is described, new treatments will also be needed. It is therefore in the best interest of psychologists and psychiatrists to keep inventing new categories of disorders.

The more there are the busier they will be! In labeling everyday challenging behavior in this way mental health professionals make sure that they will be in business for a long time to come!

Blame shifting: It is a well-known fact that taking personal responsibility is a vital first step in achieving lasting behavior modification. This is why an important part of any ‘12 Step Program’ is to admit that you have a problem. If, however, you have a convenient label for your condition you will find it hard to step up to the plate and take personal responsibility for making things better.

People will now be able to say things like: “It’s not that I want to act like a total jerk, my problem is that I have oppositional defiant disorder!” If these revisions are accepted we should all expect a world where more and more people will shift the responsibility for their problems to other people.

This will be a world that will keep lawyers happy (e.g. lawsuits by obese people against fast food companies will have so much more chance of succeeding if they can point to the fact that they have a recognized mental disorder i.e. ’Binge Eating Disorder’!)

Is this really the kind of world we want to live in?

A world in which very few people take responsibility for their actions and in which we will continually be told that we cannot even hope to deal with daily life without some form of treatment.

Increased rates of medication: Perhaps the most serious implication of the proposed DSM revision is the fact that many psychiatrists will choose to treat these ‘conditions’ with drugs. The implications of this for the young generation are simply staggering.

Can we really afford to have an even bigger proportion of people drugged out of their minds simply because of the perception that they suffer from some kind of disorder.

We tinker with the workings of the human brain at our peril and this revision will certainly be interpreted by many in the mental health field as an invitation to tinker on a massive scale.

What are the implications of all of this for people with ADHD? I suspect that we can prepare ourselves for an onslaught of ‘combination diagnoses’. The growing public awareness of the dangers of medicating kids with ADHD (and of the fact that there are alternatives available) means that an increasing number of parents are asking some hard questions before resorting to medication.

This trend obviously makes the drug companies very nervous. My suspicion is that they will try to maintain sky-high prescription rates by encouraging medical professionals not to stop at simple ADHD diagnoses. Coupling the ADHD with something else (e.g. ADHD with ‘Oppositional Defiant Disorder’) make it sound much more serious and therefore beyond the scope of alternative methods to deal with ADHD.

I am quite sure that this is the reason for the increase in double-barrel diagnoses (ADD/ADHD and …). These will obviously only increase once all of the new disorders have been made official.

So what should we do when people want to take away our responsibilities as human beings and put us on medication to ‘make things better’?

I think our response should be the same whenever we are confronted with something dangerous: Just say no! The ‘3 Steps’ will help you to do exactly this.

UPDATE: New Videos on the DSM here

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

For more information about the DSM Revision Project see:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021000009.html

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61 Responses to Beware: New Labels Being Invented

  1. Susan Campbell May 4, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    The whole “drug industry” and healthcare multi-billion dollar “RACKET” in this country has become so digusting I can’t even comment.

    • Tony May 27, 2010 at 2:58 am #

      You got that right Susan

  2. Harve May 4, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Jon, this is frigging scary stuff! You are right, if this keeps up we can all be diagnosed with some sort of “disorder” The greedy drug companies will, no doubt, have a solution for this disorder that will line their pockets again.

    I don’t like pharmaceutical companies. Does that mean I have a “Drug Defiant Disorder”? I wonder if there is a pill to cure me of this (lol).

    I’m jut glad that I found a solution to keep my body’s own antioxidant “glutathione” up to speed.

    Keep up the great work Jon and have a fantastic day!

    Harve

  3. Vicki Nader May 4, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I cannot believe how the label of ADHD/ADD is used for so many things! People who are truly ADHD/ADD know what they deal with on a daily basis. Two of my sons and myself are all TRULY ADHD/ADD and deal with the situations, problems and “blessings” that come with walking the walk. My youngest son was diagnosed with an “the apple doesn’t fall from the tree” diagnosis only to find 5 years later that it was serious vision problems masking itself as ADHD/ADD. We fight battle after battle to get the medication that is needed and wish that instead of just using the label ADHD/ADD for anyone who are misbehaving, out of control, whatever..people would try to truly understand the true issues at hand!

    • Anthony De Anthony May 5, 2010 at 4:14 am #

      If it’s a drug stay away. Plenty of natural treatments you can use.

    • Anthony De Anthony May 5, 2010 at 4:20 am #

      I am 85 years old and never take drugs. Stay away from MD doctors.

    • Space Cadet June 2, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Ditto. Lots of people dont have it and are diagnosed with it. True Adders go through hell.

  4. Russel R May 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    i have been taking 9 meds (as they are called) for a number of issims and stress disorder over the past 5 years but my body especially my liver and kidneys etc.: let me know i must stop immediately. i am 62 years old and i suffer from adhd, hypertension, high chloresterol,type 2 diabetis,iam colour impaired so bad i cannot see any number except the painted 22 at the top of the colour-dots board located at science north in sudbury ontario. erectile disfunction and recently diagnosed bi- polar disorder as well. i stopped all meds in early march this year. i am on a stem cell booster and the most powerful juice on the planet. I go for my second blood test this week but i know all my ailments are being repaired simultaneously because my arthritic hand pain is diminshing already and i feel the best i have ever felt in my life. Lets ban all man made drugs and go back to natural healing with GOD’S plants from the earth. i demand from both governments that we the people of the north end of the americas be given the choice “natural healing or drug companies POISON> my health website will be up soon . come look at my progress your friend
    russel

  5. Sharron Paige-Whitaker May 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I agree with you and it is important to get the message out to parents so they do not buy into this. My son was diagnosed ADHD, ODD, and then Bipolar and he wasn’t even 5 years old. I refused to accept any of them or the psychotic medication prescribed. By the time he was 6 years old, I had to re-visit the ADHD diagnosis and medication because of academics and teachers. But… those other diagnosis, I had to learn how to be a better parent. We are working on learning more about all of the alternatives to medication to help my son learn the skills necessary to help himself. He can do it and with God and my help, we will be victorious…………. Thanks

    • Kathy December 14, 2010 at 5:34 am #

      Is home schooling an option? Depending on your State, you don’t have to be certified, and you CAN do it as a single, working parent if you have to: I did. Look for helpful, educated (not schooled) “teachers” at day care to help with lessons.– My (marriage) “counselor” diagnosed me, and I “narrowly escaped” medication for depression. I knew my alternatives, friends, diet and exercise, and I went that route. Going through divorce, I’m doing fine, I’m “getting there,” and didn’t need drugs. Time is the slow way to go, but it’s free and doesn’t mess up your mind. Life will do that ;-)

  6. kelli hines May 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I totally agree. I teach at an elementary school. My prek students have more medicine for more labels than I can keep up with. They are taking normal children and making problems. It is sad to say, but it is a fast growing trend. To compound this injustice, parents support this because they get a monthly check if they can prove a disability. I myself have a 15 year old boy with ADD. It is a constant challenge to keep him from blaming everything on “I have ADD.” It is another challenge to keep him off the most recent/popular drug to control the latest ailment (anger, depression, insomnia from ADD meds). They want to prescribe medicine to counteract the effects of the first medicine, etc.

  7. Lisa Diltz May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks Jon for this very valuable and timely information. I have been concerned about these labels for a long time. This year my daughter’s teachers are pushing me to get a MD to treat her for ADHD with medication so she can stay focused in a classroom full of distractions. They said she needs to be in a class with her peers so she can learn and develop socially, but we need to “remove the distractability”. These phrases and lables are at times amusing and comical, but the idea that parents are accepting this as good advice and helpful to their child’s education proves to me the culture of this country is: “always be willing to experiment to find a quick fix for your problem”. I prefer hard work, perseverance and patience. I have more difficulty with attention than my daughter and I have never taken any medication to keep me focused. Today I am an LPN with 20 years of nursing experience due to hard work and perseverence. Also I worked with many doctors who “practice medicine”. Parents should understand doctors are learning from the drug companies about how to treat mental illnesses. Drug companies are mainly interested in making a profit so much that they are willing to risk a few law suits.

    • Teacherspet276 November 14, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      You are so on the mark. Drs’ today are “practicing medicine” and using our children as guinea pigs. I think too many children are being labeled AD/HD in response to overcrowded classrooms. The teachers can’t handle 30 children much less deal with a hyperactive child, so they literally make the parents see a dr and have them prescribe medication to calm them down. What they’re really doing is creating a generation of zombies and addicts (if they live long enough) that the government will be able to control unquestioned. If parents would monitor what their children eat, and make them go outside and play instead of watching tv or playing video games they’d be less hyper and better able to focus.

  8. Daniel May 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I have to totally agree, only in this day and age humanity is treated with drugs, in the name of making us better, and what it is really doing is damaging our immune system with all kinds of Toxins, if we look back a couple of hundred years before any of these drugs were created by these companies, you will find that many people had these issues back then, and without these so called drugs to make us better as they want us to believe, this country has still produced presidents,scholars,and million’s of outstanding productive members of society. So who are they trying to fool…

  9. LORNA KNAUS May 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Look what the Government is OKing to be done to humans that
    are in jail. Those that need meds are not given any. Then
    the ones that have ADD/HA that begin to get out of hand are
    over medicated.
    SOLUTION= Ballance the emune system and it will keep these
    people from going back and back to jail. Then put these
    officers on the local police force so they can continue to
    work and will not require training because they already are
    trained.

  10. David Walmsley May 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Abe Lincoln was wrong. You can fool most of the people most of the time. If an absurdity is repeated ad nauseam, it becomes part of the mess of unexamined assumptions that beset our thinking apparatus. We become full of opinions that, collected and converted to statistics, become the facts of the matter. As a substitute for truth, thy are much easier to comprehend than truth, which is only acquired by experience and reading good fiction.

    After being diagnosed with ADD at the age of 63, I was put on dextro-amphetamines and dismissed — psychiatrists are paid for out of Canada’s universal health insurance ($57 a month per person at the moment in BC) and therefore do not have a vested interest in keeping every patient going their way. My family doctor changed the pill to something with a longer name and “safer”. This, in turn, was replaced with nothing when it was contraindicated with a pill I had to take for a physical problem that was too far gone to be fixed when it was discovered. This condition was quite likely caused by the psych pill, though this did not occur to me until recently.

    This physical problem woke me up from the depression that had caused me to seek psychiatric advice and, once I took responsibility (which after all is free for the taking) I replaced my anti-cholesterol and beta-blocker pills with niacin, taken in large enough doses to set me on fire if not taken with a meal. I did this in consultation with my doctor. It works better and the only side effect is up front and lasts an hour if you are careless. You can pop into a sauna and get rid of it in twenty minutes.

    In order to take responsibility you have to know what you are doing and why. Our tendency to rely on the arbitrariness of “experts” and uninformed opinion diminishes our responsibility. And let’s face it, when a small group of psychiatrist conventioneers vote a new disorder into existence, big pharma loves them for the results to its profits. But nobody else “in his right mind” does. Those not in their right mind are unlikely to find it again once the cornucopia of alien chemicals has begun to work on their systems — precisely the same chemicals that can be bought illegally on the street.

    Listen to Jon. He knows whereof he speaks.

  11. Dan Morgan May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I agree that every personality flaw is being labeled as a sickness or disorder. There is reason to believe that most of the time the personality flaws are taught. The likely culprits are parents and/or other caregivers of children that was responsible for abusing, tormenting, or spoiling the children they were supposed to care for during their adolescence. Abuse, tormenting, or spoiling are general terms that could include many more specific coerced behaviors. Masking these flaws with drugs are by referring to them as as sickness is deceptive and distructive.

  12. james May 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    theses plp are th ones that are sick

  13. Conrad Hurd May 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Medicalizing all these disorders sounds to me like a handy way for the politically correct to marginalize their enemies. Just diagnose them as having some handy “whatever” disorder! They could even be sent to a “sanitarium” (jail) for “treatment” if necessary. Other countries have already lead the way in this approach, why be different? After all, what we need is Change! There must be all kinds of government grants begging to facilitate this!

  14. Ray L May 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    If you take the number of potential brain connections, approx sixteen trillion,each human can have and square that figureyou arrive at the number of possible developmental dysfunctions that can occur. Not usually in one person(sic) but, given the damage some people cause themselves during the conceptual process can be considerable. The DSM 4 can only touch on a few and, on a scale of one to ten, is describing about 00000000001%.
    Any lay person reading the tome in the hope of enlightnment would need the services of a psychiatrist and a cup of tea and a lie down.

  15. Tena D Wilson May 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Thank you for the information, I love to stay informed,I have a son that was diagnosed with ADHD however I did not put him on Ritlin,we just stepped up our game as parents and teachers and that is what it takes.

    • Lorrie November 14, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      AMEN!

  16. Ann Finnegan May 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    I “get it”. Meaning I agree that the use of diagnosis for
    “normal” human imperfections displayed to varying degrees among our population is worrisome.

    However, I do have anxiety and ADHD and have a son with ADHD.
    I also grew up in a house with anxious people. I personally used alcohol to self-medicate off and on for 25 years. I do not drink at all now. Not drinking seems to help as much or more than any SSRI and/or stimulant RX I’ve taken or take.
    BUT it is the combination of a proper diagnosis, proper medication and right sized personal accountability that pave the path to wellness for me!

    The stigma of mental health issues/illness is still great.
    Perhaps the “mainstreaming” of said behaviors could help people get help that ordinarily would not.

  17. Jerilyn Capaccione May 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    I think this is totally ridiculous!!!! If they are going this far with medicating people for things that are just behaviors that have been around for years and years and years, what will it be next? If you are depressed about something 1 day, someone will suggest getting you a drug to help you with your depression instead of relying on our Maker, God, to help us with these problems! I for one, would never consider taking one of my kids or grandchildren to a doctor for any of the symptoms listed above just to get a prescription drug for them because they have a temper tantrum etc. But this is our society today–drug everyone, for everything! Instead of looking into the causes of these problems which I feel have to do with all the vaccinations that are given to children today, and solving the problem with drugs–take the easy way out and just drug your kid!!!!! We might as well have robots for kids if you are going to do that, then people won’t have to worry about any physical problems kids have, the robot will be perfect as long as it is programmed right!!!!!

  18. Charles May 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    I say that these psychiatrist get a real job. My son is forced to take prescription ADHD meds because his mother doesn’t want to deal with a happy and highly energetic boy so she medicates. The sad thing is, the doctors support it and feed it because that’s what they are paid to do. This “doctor” simply talked with mom, without consulting me and put my son on Adderal when he was only 3.5 years old. Oh, we also have to add in the “recommended” psychological counseling once a week. His behavior is actually worse while on the meds because of the mental swings it causes. He also has TICS? So, the meds cause more bad behavior and so they then add prozac! That caused seizures that caused the $500.00 ER Bill! Years of dosage adjustments, changes to another form of the amphetamines, etc etc etc have done NOTHING to change my child’s behavior yet he is still on it? Why? So the doctor can charge his monthly fee for the examination and write the RX!!
    The DSM is simply a list of products a doctor can use in which to charge a patient for. Sort of like a Psychiatric Walmart. Oh god, what have I done… that’s probably next!

    I implore you all to take a look at psychiatry over the past 200 years. Every decade or so, we look back and wonder “what the heck where they thinking”????? Remember Frontal Lobotomies? Shock Therapy? State of the art back then??? I think not! I think it might as well be VOODOO Medicine!

    The problem is widespread. You can’t get a second opinion that matters because they ALL think the same and read the same book in college.

    I say it’s high time we stand up to this “Profession” and demand more studies to prove safety and efficacy and I say we hold them accountable for all the damage they have done to our kids and continue to do.

    The same drugs in Adderal, are simply the same drugs that are dealt on the street, like methamphetamines, which destroys people and their lives daily. Yet, we willingly provide it to our children? So, give them their first taste and you can be their dealer for life?????

    It’s a sad sad situation. Our poor children are being victimized and theirs not much we can do? I urge you to make a difference. Say no!

    • Hjalni Blomerus May 5, 2010 at 3:28 am #

      You have all my sympathy. Get your child off that stuff. My son was acting out when the ‘medicine’ (I’dd rather call it poison) was working out and then they wanted to give him something to calm him down, and then something to help him sleep. At 9 years old!!! I refused, and refused to use any further medication on him. All he gets now is Vit B2 & 6, Omega 3 & 6, and a mild medication for allergies. His the son I know, and love and I know he will never be an academic whizz, but his kind, has a great sence of humor, talks a lot and his mine!!!!!

      • KB May 6, 2010 at 10:47 am #

        Why stop there? Toss the allergy meds for some vitamins too.

  19. Michele Shaw May 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    I would assume they are trying to take over the drug market. They can’t win the war on drugs so they will try and divert the profits..It is funny that most of these character defects/disorders are most common among people who become addicted to drugs/alcohol but 12 step programs are free, no profit there though…Is this a coincidence. I think not!!!

  20. C. Vermeulen May 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    It’s not just the drug companies, parents in their busy lives are all too easy to blame their childs behavior on something else. The right food, attention and love goes a long way. Sure my son is different, but he’s doing well and drug free. If you have kids, they don’t turn out perfect but hey …. that’s life and what is perfect anyway.
    Parents need to take more responsibility (and time) for their childs well being … that includes taking the time to find out what’s right for them. Don’t take instructions from strangers that don’t know your child, every childs different.
    Enjoy what you have.

  21. Shannon May 5, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Both my children were diagnosed with ASD-after getting vaccinated. With biomedical treatments, gluten/casein free diet & 100% organic diet, they both lost their diagnosis. Now they’re a little ADHD, but asymptomatic with the 3 step program. Not once have they ever been placed on a psychotropic drug. These toxic drugs are not needed. The FDA & Pharmacartel are a bunch of crooks. I just pray everyday, that parents give their kids a chance and do their reseach-and save their kids.

  22. Joanie May 5, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    I just read your post and I have just begun working on my master’s in psychology, specializing in testing, assessment, and measurement. I in a class that now that is going over the disorders and assessing treatment and so forth. It just blows me away that psychiatrists are trying to label every little dysfunction as a mental disorder. This is a sham. They are just trying to make money anyway they can for the pharmaceutical industry. COME ON NOW!!!

  23. Hjalni Blomerus May 5, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    I think this is a racket. Money making and they don’t give a damn about the persons they are ‘treating’. Since the day they told us you may not spank your child or discipline him in the old manner and banned the bible as far as they could – they created the vertile grounds for money making. I took my child off all medication, I love him as he is and I could not cope with the person stuffed full of pills and the stress, anger and disorientation he went through once the medication was working out.

    He is busy, he is easily distracted, sometimes a bit irritating, but his mine and I prefer him like that and love him to bits.

  24. Dalene May 5, 2010 at 4:07 am #

    My son was diagnosed as ADHD when he was 4. The Pediatrician recommended that we start him on Rittalin immediately. He was not happy when I told him that I would think about it. I discussed it with my husband and we agreed that we would wait and see what his teachers say once he went to school. He is now 8 years old and at the beginning of each school year, I have informed the teacher of the diagnosis. Every year,the teacher has told me that she did not think that it is neccessary. He is an average student but when he is given something that interests him, he can concentrate for ages. I can give him technical things to do and within a few minutes he will have it figured out. Perhaps our children are just bored? We tend to expect all children to be similar in all that they do. Schools should start giving them different things to do at a younger age and not just the normal run of the mill things. They might then be interested enough to pay attention for longer periods. I have so far not met any ADHD diagnosed persons who are stupid. They just need different stimulation.

  25. Anthony De Anthony May 5, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    Spend your time looking for natural treatments for most any condition.

  26. Anthony De Anthony May 5, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    Look for natural treatments and live.

  27. BobbiJo May 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Between the food industry and the drug industry they are making us go (insert label here). We don’t need more labels, we need more regulations on food production, air pollution and chemical use. A drug isn’t going to “fix” it, we need to get back to the natural. Thanks Jon for a step in the right direction, I wish more would follow your lead.

  28. Kelli Rydbom Coalport Pa May 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    OMGoodness I must have the: I am a redhead disorder!!! This is going over borad. The drug industry is making a mint and doing basically nothing to help. Drugs mask the impulsiveness, hyperactivity, ect. and also your child’s beautiful personality. Imagine if everyone followed the 3 steps to conquering ADD! The drug companies would be very poor and we know that is not going to happen. Everyone looks for the quick fix and well it is dangerous and not successful. I hope people wake up and see what’s going on.

  29. Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I truly believe everything I have just read on medicating children, or should i say over medicating our children. I have three grandsons (two of them step-grandsons). All of them with the help of numerous doctors over the years have been diagnosed with mental disorders. Such adorable disorders as 1.The oldest grandchild (from the time he was 5 or 6 yrs). old with ADHD..then DEPRESSION..then a sleep disorder (due to the meds he was taking)..and now just 2 years ago social anxiety disorder and the latest autism spectrum disorder (aspergers). 2. the middle child was also diagnosed with ADHD…manic depressive disorder(he was admitted to a mental hospital at 7yrs. old for a brief time and given injections of haldol when he misbehaved)…sleep disorder(once again due to the meds he was taking)..and is now being home-schooled because he was placed in an emotionally disturbed class. and 3. the youngest..he is not even 5..well, he is being brought to numerous doctors to find out what his problem is?? It looks like he will be diagnosed with some sort of over or under sensory deprivation disorder (oh and I almost forget a genetic disorder but the doctors aren’t quite sure what mental problems this will create. He will just have to be monitored and see what develops).
    I think that soon I will need to go to the doctor to find out what my problem may be because I fell the children need better parenting and less intervention from medications to control their behaviors. But I am sure this must be my flaw.
    I constantly listen to the whole list of what is mentally wrong with all my grandchildren and all the labels placed on them by the doctors and schools and their mother…when I accept this and then say well ok now where do we go from here..well, guess what, there is no answer on what can be done by us EXCEPT you got it MEDS and more MEDS.
    I am at my wits end with this whole charade. Where does it end. I feel that parents should have to attend child rearing classes if their child is diagnosed with a mental disorder…not just given bottles of poison to administer to their children. If the homes and parenting styles were addressed and monitored as well as addressing inappropriate child behaviors there may be less acting out by the children. And perhaps with better parenting many of these mental dilemmas would improve.
    Parent are given excuses for poor parenting skills because if the children are mentally ill then of course their parenting skills aren’t in question..Basically it is the child who is dysfunctional.
    I pray alot that my grandsons can just be normal. That somehow in this tangled up mess they will survive, grow stronger, and lead a happy and productive life.
    STRONG PARENTING SKILLS ARE THE ANSWER..not a host of new diagnoses to burden our children with.

    • Dispelling the Myths December 12, 2010 at 11:12 am #

      Actually, it has been proven time and time again that bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Asperger’s are NOT caused by weak parenting skills! Perhaps you should do some reading before you incorrectly imply that all parents of children with these disorders must be bad parents.

  30. christine figueroa May 6, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I HAVE BEEN IN SALES FOR OVER 30 YEARS…I HAVE ALWAYS SAID….EVERYBODY NEEDS A JOB….AND THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO CREATE ONE…..SAD THING IS MOST ARE RIPOFFS AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC…WHICH GIVES GREAT SALES LADIES LIKE ME A BAD NAME…I WONT SELL A PRODUCT THAT DOESNT WORK …AND MAKE MY CUSTOMER HAPPY….EVERYONE IS OUT FOR A BUCK…SAD…AMERICANS NO LONGER HAVE RESPECT….THEIR ARE STILL HONEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD…AND I AM ONE OF THEM…GOD BLESS YOU…

  31. Michelle May 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    You have got to be kiding me! How stupid and lazy are some of these so called proffessioanls getting. If the actually add that list it will include approx 90% of the population so in stead of setting these people straight you are going to medicate them where is this going to end.

    • alex matheson May 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      i hope it ends up in a place where human beings have what are called RIGHTS

  32. Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    The worst of this sort of thing is that it prevents anyone from advertising alternative medical help. Anything in the DSM becomes an official disease and thus any “cure” must have FDA approval. At this time, the average FDA approval cost is over $750,000,000. and only a major pharmaceutical company, e.g. Norvitis, can sell anything relating to “that disease.”

  33. C. Vermeulen May 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Money, Money, Money !!! The drug companies want money, the docters want money, even in the ‘natural / healthy’ solutions – most are in it for money. The parents work long hours cause they want (or need) money. This world is all about greed and stress.
    And who suffers, the kids.
    Wake up world, we are not here on this planet for money.
    Stop and smell the roses. Take charge of your own life and help those around you.
    Get to know your child, love them, have time for them.
    Listen to them, they often hold the solution.
    Noone likes to be told they are different, not normal. It upsets them and they fell that they don’t belong.
    But they do belong, we need them.
    My son if full of ideas, he sees things in a different light. He’s kind hearted and is a great friend. Sure he has his moments, but that’s when we have quiet time and talk about it. He comes up with solutions and we follow them through together.
    Life is too short to drug it away. We want to see what’s around us, smell it, touch it and enjoy it.
    Sure we have money problems, but it’s only money. My family and friends are worth so much more.

  34. Lucy May 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Jon,

    Beware of the crooks in the highest offices of the United States. They are all in bed with the drug companies. The reason they give all normal behavior a new name is because they can round us up and put us in a physco ward for no reason. Sound far out? Wait and see!! Also they are relabeling the dangerous aspertame. It will be called “Nutra Sweet”. Another drug company ploy.

    Keep up your good worek. Enjoy you messages!

  35. alex matheson May 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    they took it all away from me. the last thing you should beleive is that they care.
    they threatened that if i didnt take my meds, they would force injections.
    i have plenty reason to beleive that almost every doctor out there is a scum bag, or they are just brainwashed to act against societys best interest.
    i hope that one day their will be something that can be done to stop these criminals.
    if anyone knows anything, legal action that can be taken, please let me know

  36. Joanne Dawson May 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    As a nurse, I see way too much medication use for just about everything. What is great is when all drugs are stopped, the resident, patients do quite well. So I ask, why were they put on the drugs in the first place?
    I had to sign a form at the place where I work because I refused the flu vaccine. what I wrote in its place is: I take influenzinum. Let them figure that one out !!!

  37. jennifer ene May 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I live in Ireland with a son diagnosed at the age of 6 with ADHD. I find that schools can be the worst offenders when it comes to low tolerance of anyone who is “different” Doctors at the moment trying to put me under enormous pressure to medicate , mentioned strattera but failed to mention its links with suicidal thoughts…. only for jon bennet i wouldn’t have known this! When i say I’m not going down the road of medication I’m more or less told I’m putting my son at a great disadvantage….. talk about guilt trips! disgraceful!!!!!!

    • Kate December 12, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      That link with suicidal thoughts is very rare. As someone who can personally testify to the difference that medication can make with ADHD, I would suggest that if your son is still having significant problems that affect his academic performance, even after psychosocial treatment, maybe you should listen to the doctors instead of the online fear-mongerers.

  38. Sarah December 12, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    OK, I hate to break it to you… but Oppositional Defiant Disorder is not new with the DSM-5. It has been around for years.

    As for more people getting diagnoses for their problems – well if the problems are real, they could use some help fixing them. And yes, even people with problems like oppositional defiant disorder often can’t figure out how to fix their behavior on their own.

    Regarding “labeling” being good for business, well there is one thing important to consider: if a person needs help for a psychological problem, but there is no DSM diagnosis for that problem, THEN THE INSURANCE WON’T COVER TREATMENT. That’s why we need diagnoses – so that people can get the treatment they need!

    And if you don’t think ODD kids need psychological treatment, then apparently you’ve never met one…

    • Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

      I totally understand what you are saying. There is no doubt that there are legitimate issues addressed with the DSM. It is unfortunate that it is used to cast a wide net and diagnose/drug many people who do not legitimately need psychological help.

      • Kate December 13, 2010 at 8:57 am #

        I’m a bit confused, as I haven’t heard any evidence of people being diagnosed and drugged who don’t need psychological help. Where’s your proof for that claim?

        • Kate December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

          Of course there is some misdiagnosis going on, but generally the problem is not that the individual does not need psychological help; rather, they are being “helped” for the wrong condition. Some of these new DSM diagnoses are meant to solve that problem. From what I hear, the invention of “Temper Dysregulation with Dysphoria” was proposed in response to the fact that many children who exhibit these symptoms are currently being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The “Temper Dysregulation” diagnosis provides a way for doctors and psychologists to recognize and treat these problems, while acknowledging that they are not necessarily bipolar disorder and therefore may not need the heavy duty bipolar meds. (And no, this diagnosis is not about your average 2-year-old’s temper tantrums; it is about a much more serious problem that is impacting a child’s life in a very negative way.)

          I noticed that your article did not discuss the many diagnoses that are being ELIMINATED in the DSM-5, such as half of the existing personality disorders. What’s going to happen to those people? They’ll still have the same problems, but don’t have a clear diagnosis that the insurance companies will recognize as a reason to reimburse for treatment.

          The article also seems to address only the fact that changing diagnoses may lead to more psychiatric treatment, i.e. “more meds.” The DSM is also used for psychological therapy, which does not involve meds, although it may be used in conjunction with psychiatric treatment. Psychologists aren’t so keen on the diagnostic structure of the DSM, but they still have to use it to justify their billing to insurance companies. If there is no appropriate diagnostic code for a serious problem, people are less likely to receive psychological help for it.

  39. Kate December 13, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I should also say that most of the disorders you mention are not new. Histrionic, Narcissistic, and Antisocial personality disorders are all mentioned in the DSM-IV. (And yes, the narcissistic and antisocial disorders are termed personality disorders, not “behavior disorders” as you claim.) Binge Eating Disorder is also found in the DSM-IV. In other words, almost all of the disorders you claim to be “new” with the DSM-5 are well established and have been around for years. Perhaps you should check your facts before you print… or perhaps you were well aware of the facts, and chose to misrepresent them because they contradicted your anti-psychiatry propaganda.

  40. Anonymous December 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    These vides also shed more light on the topic.

    http://3stepsadd.com/premium/?p=2751

  41. Kate December 14, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    So I watched your videos. All the claims made on that first video that there is no way to document relative neurotransmitter levels in the brain are simply false. A tremendous amount of research has been done in neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry, and a lot of it involves investigating neurotransmitter levels, and comparing neurotransmitter levels among subjects in various groups.

    Psychological illness are generally not exclusively biological. However, brain biology and genetics play a big part in many conditions. Research has shown that individuals suffering from schizophrenia have enlarged ventricles and grey matter loss, that individuals with ADHD often have altered dopamine processing functions, that individuals suffering from anxiety often have increased amygdala activity, that serotonin levels play a role in depression, etc. Genetic studies, especially twin studies and adoption studies, have also demonstrated a biological basis for many of these disorders, including ADHD, by demonstrating that these disorders run in families regardless of social or environmental influences. Finally, the fact that many, many people have been HELPED by psychotropic medications that alter neurotransmitter levels demonstrates that neurotransmitter levels often do play a role in these disorders.

    The claims that the DSM is not always scientific in its making have some truth behind them. However, that doesn’t change the fact that many people suffer from legitimate psychological problems that are seriously impacting their life in a negative way, and these problems are often represented in the DSM. For instance, take ADD. Anyone who claims that ADD is not a legitimate mental disorder is not familiar with the serious toll that ADD has been shown to take on social skills, academic performance, work productivity, career success, marital success, financial situation, addictions, compulsive gambling, driving safety, etc., etc.

    Regardless of problems in the DSM methodology, lots of people suffer from mental issues that seriously impact their life. Sometimes these issues are best helped by psychotherapy, but at other times, they are best helped by medication. As someone who has experienced the considerable benefits of stimulant medication on an inattentive brain, and as someone who has read the substantial research evidence that the best treatment for ADD is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy + stimulant medication (see the NIMH-sponsored multimodal treatment studies for evidence), I have a hard time understanding why you would claim that the DSM is “attempting to legitimize” ADD meds. These meds have don’t need any “attempt” at legitimization. Research has already demonstrated that they help many people with ADHD to concentrate better and control impulsivity, and they don’t have significant side effects for the vast majority of the population.

    These medications are not a “trap,” as you claim. They are a tool for increasing concentration and productivity in those of us with ADHD. No, they don’t work for everyone, and they can gradually become less effective with time. No, they will not solve all your problems. Yes, a few people find them difficult to tolerate. Such individuals will pursue alternative treatments. However, many of us find that these medications can make a significant positive difference in our lives.

    Psychotropic medications can be even more vital for people who suffer from more debilitating mental conditions. I have a friend who is a paranoid schizophrenic, and thanks to his medication, he is fully functional and working as a lawyer. Before he got on medication, he was not only dysfunctional because of his hallucinations, but was also suicidal. Medication can save lives!

    If you spent your time presenting a balanced perspective on these issues, recognizing the flaws in the system while acknowledging that both mental health professionals and medications have helped a lot of people, you could really be doing a lot to help people deal with their conditions. Instead, you are presenting factually inaccurate propaganda aimed at creating mass hysteria. This does a lot of damage, as it prevents people from fully investigating all their options so that they can make an INFORMED decision about what kind of help to pursue.

    I’m guessing you are mainly doing this because there is money to be made off of fear-mongering. Funny, that makes you not too different from the mental health professionals you rant about when you claim they do what they do in order to make money off of patients…

    • Embrace yourself March 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank You well said Kate! I was thinking the same thing!

  42. Embrace yourself March 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    There is a balance though , some people do need medication within the right support system! Yes some of them in the medical field are greedy, but not all of them. It is like this you can’t compare stuff with apples and pears…every apple and every pear is different on it’s own. And what about your own blog…..YOU made your own market of telling people not to use medication but instead to use your natural products….So what you are saying is that you are right and the rest is not! I think if you just eat healthy, do some sports and accept,repect everyones uniquness will bring you a long way! But to just say that everyting is a lie that to me is narrow minded!

    • Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      I totally agree with what you are saying. I’m not saying EVERYTHING is a lie, but I am saying that most people blindly trust our medical system when it comes to ADD ADHD.

      I do feel strongly that people need to consider lifestyle changes before they take medication. Especially since medication does not address the underlying causes of ADD ADHD.

      • Embrace yourself March 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        I agree that a lot of people blindy trust the medical system including OTHER systems….. that lifestyles need to be changed yeah you are right! Also people need to be educated more on ADD or ADHD it is still sad that most people are negative about it or even missdiagnose them, instead impower that what they are good at and if the professionals don’t know i would say shuussssss up or be honest! The thing is, there are a lot of people who can’t think for themselfs or even don’t want to change. People are like sheep most the time, if this leader or that therapist ect…then that must be ok…..infact they are not God they are human and WILL make mistakes. I am someone who question everything and anything do my research, after that i make up my OWN mind what is good for me. But who says that your product will work for everyone? So it is with everything and anything there are pro’s and con’s.

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