8 New Ways You Might Be Mentally Ill

dsm_ivLast week the American Psychiatric Association held their annual meeting in San Francisco.  One of the topics discussed was an upcoming revision of a book titled, “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”  It was originally published in 1952 and is revised about once a decade.  This “bible” for the mental health industry has been translated into 13 languages and is recognized around the world as the authoritative text on mental health.  Some of the new “mental illnesses” under consideration for the next revision have been leaked, and are described here.

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There are a couple of new mental illnesses I smiled about. Embitterment Disorder and Pathological Bias.  As if the Republicans didn’t already have enough problems!  Now the whole bunch needs treatment for these new mental illnesses!  Oh, and on that Pathological Bias — some are saying if bigotry makes the cut for the new DSM, it could have profound implications for our justice system, sparking more defense-attorney tactics that begin with, “Your Honor, my client suffers from…”

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10 responses to “8 New Ways You Might Be Mentally Ill

  1. jammer5

    Embitterment Disorder and Pathological Bias. The Republicans will be so tied with their shrinks, and swallowing mood control drugs, they won’t have time for blasting anyone and anything ties to Obama.

  2. It does seem those two mental illnesses are running rampant through the “Conservative” camp. It’s an epidemic! Compassion offers immunity but it has never successfully been manufactured artificially.

  3. “6. Embitterment Disorder
    Feeling bitter? Who isn’t? But if the DSM-V has its way, there might soon be a pill to take care of that. People suffering from Embitterment Disorder “feel the world has treated them unfairly. It’s one step more complex than anger. They’re angry plus helpless,” according to German psychiatrist Michael Linden. The illness is related to post-traumatic stress disorder, because it is also believed to be the result of some kind of trauma. According to Dr. Linden’s research, embittered people suffer “repeated intrusive memories of the event,” but often hide their true feelings, as “patients can even smile when engaged in thoughts of revenge.”

  4. “8. Pathological Bias
    In layman’s terms, this is nothing more than an extreme form of racism, homophobia, or other prejudices.”

  5. jammer5

    Hmmmm . . . I wonder what the dude from lie to me would have to say after a typical Republican tirade?

  6. When I was learning the DSM, I was taught from DSM-II, we are currently using DSM-IV TR (text revision) – I suppose this version will be DSM-V.

    With each successive edition of the DSM there have been more disorders added – the growth in “disorders” has exploded over time.

    The examples, Embitterment Disorder and Pathological Bias, sound like the pathologizing of stupidity to me. I think that is a bad idea. An absence of political correctness is now evidence of mental illness???

    Every man and woman should have the right to be a fool. To insist otherwise is unAmerican.

    Off – soapbox…

  7. tosmarttobegop

    BOY my mind is flooded with some many thoughts on this. That maybe another mental disorder in it’s self.

    I think too much disorder!

  8. Bad Biker

    Damn, if it wasn’t for being mentally ill, I would be just plain crazy.

    • Bad Biker

      Yes, I know that my comment was flippant, but as an individual that struggles daily with depression, paranoia, OCD and extreme claustrophobia, my usual recourse is to make fun of my own shortcomings.

      If any of you suffer that same maladies as I do, please consider seeking help through ComCare or other organizations.

      I know I am opening myself up for a bunch of clearly deserved jokes, but if I was not as heavily medicated as I am now, I would not be still living on this planet.

      (If you have any good jokes, have at it! I can laugh at myself – hell, I have so much to laugh at, it’s not funny. And yes, that was a really bad joke.)

      I kinda like being here – beats the shit out of the alternative.

  9. Actually all the people I like the very most are no where near what many consider ‘normal.’