The number of “mental disorders” has grown exponentially since they were first collectively published in the early fifties. Since Prozac became famous more than thirty years ago, the number of people on psychotropic drugs has correspondingly multiplied as well. One could think that more and more people are mentally ill and are being treated with mind-altering drugs. This is not the case at all. What is really happening is that people are being misdiagnosed with “mental disorders” when they have some undetected physiological condition or are just exhibiting normal human behavior.
For example, people experiencing depression, anxiety and other supposed problems of the mind were found to have abnormal levels of a thyroid hormone. In this case, a physical cause was found to what is usually considered a psychiatric condition. Specifically, a woman was on antidepressants for ten years to treat depression and anxiety. Her condition did not improve. Eventually she found out she had an autoimmune disease which is commonly caused by a thyroid problem. Once properly treated, her symptoms disappeared. Clearly this demonstrates that the sources of mental health symptoms are caused by some physiological condition and not from a “chemical imbalance” or some other problem in the brain.
More misdiagnoses of physical conditions are about to explode with the release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) this summer. This is the “psychiatric bible” as it used as a reference to diagnose a patient. In addition, all “mental disorders” are coded and used by a wide variety of professionals. Normally, when a new edition of anything is released, it is updated and better than ever. This is not the case with DSM-V.
The new edition couples chronic physiological conditions with “excessive” emotions to create a new “disorder.” This is called SSD, or Somatic Symptom Disorder. All you need to be diagnosed with SSD is one physical symptom and one of three “mental” criteria that lasts at least six months. Using physiological conditions as a matter of the mind is trespassing into an area where psychiatry doesn’t belong. They want you to believe that your chronic aches and pains are in your head instead of what they truly are.
For example, if you have stomach problems for six months and you have either a lot of anxiety about it, are putting “excessive time and energy” into it, or your thoughts are “disproportionate” regarding the seriousness of the symptoms, then you can get a diagnosis of SSD. That means spending a lot of time diligently going to doctors to get answers and then having the normal emotion of being upset about your condition with no diagnosis or cure, will be interpreted as a “mental disorder.”
Another example is say you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you are “obsessing” about it. Anyone diagnosed with diabetes has been put on a long unexpected path for the rest of his life so who is to say one’s health concerns are “excessive?” Who is to say how long is too long? That is exactly the point. Someone’s opinion based on these very loose guidelines can result in a SSD diagnosis tagged onto the one for diabetes.
The criteria for SSD are so non-specific that it could apply to many previously undetected medical situations. Some medical conditions take quite awhile to manifest themselves or are not the easiest to diagnose. So instead of getting a diagnosis of a type of autoimmune disease for example, a “mental disorder” is misdiagnosed instead. The medical condition may never be realized or discovered ten years later as in the thyroid example mentioned earlier.
Basically, SSD promotes the misdiagnosis of a medical condition by replacing it with a “mental disorder.” SSD is also a way to add on a mental condition to the already diagnosed medical disease. This is bluntly perversion of medical science and normal emotions. Psychiatry has no business being in the field of medical science yet they keep insisting that they belong.
Psychiatrists profess that they are “experts” of the mind but they have no scientific test to identify any “mental disorder.” They only use subjective opinions of symptoms. Instead of running medical tests regarding physical symptoms, SSD is instead a tool to increase the number of people that can be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” and then put on dangerous mind-altering drugs.
In addition to no tests, there is no published research about SSD to endorse its validity. There was something called Somatization Disorder in DSM-IV which had very specific criteria including eight or more medically unexplained symptoms from four symptom groups. That is now gone and has been replaced by SSD. This greatly increases the chances of diagnosis by reducing the amount of symptoms from eight to only one.
Clearly the boundaries of “mental illness” are disappearing. We are headed to no distinction whatsoever between normal emotions and feelings and where it’s put forth that all physical symptoms stem from your mind. This just demonstrates that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) who publishes the DSM is incompetent and is pushing an agenda. Even other psychiatrists and doctors object to the criteria of SSD as it promotes a false diagnosis of a physical illness. Professionals have relayed protests to the APA but no changes were made.
The fact that there is discussion among psychiatrists about what criteria makes a “disorder” is unscientific in itself. Without the use of blood tests, urine tests, MRIs, x-rays and the like, any discussion is just talk and that’s not science. Does a majority opinion seem reassuring that a “mental disorder” diagnosis is real? How does the fact that any “disorder” was voted into existence make it valid? This doesn’t stop psychiatry from portraying themselves as “experts.” How can these people be “experts” when these are the same folks that decided homosexuality was a “mental disorder” and then changed their minds due to public outcry?
The point is that people get physiological conditions and experience corresponding emotions until one is healthy again. It is not an area that psychiatry should step into. Besides, their psychotropic drugs only aim at altering the brain and have severe adverse side effects which could give you even more unwanted physiological conditions. Don’t fall for the “mental disorder” route as it is not supported by science. Just find a doctor who is willing to do what it takes to find the physiological cause of your condition. That way you will be on the route to better health.