Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We're sick, but what do we have?


Is hoarding a mental illness? Yes. Now.

Shirley S Wang, WSJ, Feb 10, 2010, says the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is being revised.

This is used to make insurance coverage decisions and treatment calls. It matters.

Hoarding is now a diagnosis. Severe childhood temper tantrums are now temper dysregulation disorder.

Aspergers will be put under autism.

Apathy disorder—lack of motivation—is still being considered.

Mixed anxiety depression is a new one—people can be depressed and anxious at the same time.

Substance abuse is broadened to include gambling and the whole deal is being renamed addictive behaviors.

Improvement? We’ll see. What do you think?

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