Monday, May 27, 2013

7 Newly Classified Mental Illnesses

If you can get something declared a "mental disorder," the money flows, government money and insurance money, to treat the "disorder."

 The American Psychiatric Association has just released its revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short.

Below are 7 new "mental illnesses" listed in DSM (via MarketWatch)

1. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
 Symptoms include depression, “feelings of hopelessness” and bloating sensations at specific times during a woman’s menstrual cycle—severe enough to interfere with people’s ability to function at work or school.

2. Hoarding Disorder
Says MarketWatch: Some DSM critics believe the creation of hoarding disorder could be driven by pharmaceutical interests: “All they are saying is, we think hoarding should be made an illness that we can get paid for,” says McHugh, who believes psychiatrists should investigate the root causes of the hoarding in order to formulate a treatment plan that could involve behavior therapy instead of drugs.

3. Caffeine Withdrawal
“Caffeine is invading our society more and more,” Alan Budney, a psychiatrist who helped develop the DSM-5, said at a 2011 industry symposium.

4. Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder
The phenomenon became particularly problematic for comedian Mike Birbiglia after he jumped through a second-story hotel window in a dream about escaping a missile, landing him in the emergency room with glass wounds, says MW.

5. Restless Legs Syndrome

6. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
Children with disinhibited social engagement disorder can be "inattentive and impulsive," says MW.

7. Central Sleep Apnea and Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
Having trouble breathing at night? You are mentally ill.


  1. OK, let's see now.

    1. Depression, “feelings of hopelessness” - Yup that's me.

    2. Hoarding disorder - yeah, precious metals, food, medical supplies - it's me.

    3. Caffeine withdrawal - reading this website late at night - definitely me.

    4. Rapid eye movement during sleep - yeah, pretty much since I was born.

    5. Restless leg syndrome - wow, every time I see the dickheads running this country I want to run away.

    6. Inattentive and impulsive - what was this post about? Hey, wanna get naked? Boy, I'm really close on this one.

    7. Hypoventilation - damn, every time I go to sleep, my breathing slows way down...

    Holy crap, l'm crazy!!! Soooo, that explains why I'm a Ron Paul supporter, and think the government is criminally out of control, and the DHS is a bunch of incompetent assholes, and bankers are scumbags, and 911 was an inside job, and the MSM can't find their asses with both hands, and most of our elected officials belong behind bars, and, and, and...

    I guess I'ze jus' crazy.

    1. Not really

      number 7 can be said to be a neurological illness, and it is one of the only mental illnesses that has a lab test to back it.

      I don;t know if you have depression, talk to your doctor.

      Hoarding as in the people in Hoarders

      Its true that mental illnesses get lots of money from NIH. But the mentally ill are still an underserved community. It goes to show that even people and organizations with all the resources can't fix shit

  2. DAMN! I thought I was getting BETTER!

  3. This post is just another example of what happens when non-professionals get their hands on concepts created by professionals and for professionals.

    It is a fact of life that people go to psychiatrists seeking help with these issues. And psychiatrists need an easy way to keep track of the cases they get, the distribution of various kinds, the time spent on each kind, on average, billing, etc.

    Read and educate yourself about just one such issue.