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Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called "oppositional defiant disorder" or ODD. Defined as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior," symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed. The DSM-IV is the manual used by psychiatrists to diagnose mental illnesses and, with each new edition, there are scores of new mental illnesses. Are we becoming sicker? Is it getting harder to be mentally healthy? Authors of the DSM-IV say that it's because they're better able to identify these illnesses today. Critics charge that it's because they have too much time on their hands. New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior.
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Although the creator of DSM-III had this to say about the secrecy with which DSM-5 is being drafted:
Robert Spitzer, the head of the DSM-III task force, has publicly criticized the APA for mandating that DSM-5 task force members sign a nondisclosure agreement, effectively conducting the whole process in secret: "When I first heard about this agreement, I just went bonkers."
that is absolutely the most terrifying disease, one we should all fear and medicate into oblivion!
how can we hope for the triumph of the banal and victory of the mediocre unless we scythe these 'tall poppies' down to the level of the honest weeds that thrive around our ankles?
get treatment early and often, until your creativity comes down to a readout tolerably close to zero. only then you too can raise the proud banner of sanity and feel normal.
a rapid jump from vonnegut straight into huxley world...
"A fool with a tool is still a fool." - Abraham Verghese
you are the media you consume.
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