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Please pity me folks - I suffer from "oppositional defiant disorder" and I'm SICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.

(my bold)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 12:49:14 PM EST
I believe that people have been thrown into gulags by the soviets for decades over this.Seems the commies were way ahead.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 01:50:43 PM EST
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ODD is new. The rest aren't on the list either in DSM-IV or the proposed DSM-5.

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."
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:07:17 PM EST
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(Correction - narcissism is on the list, but it's been there for a while.)
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:08:22 PM EST
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ceebs:
above-average creativity

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...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:33:37 PM EST
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As usual, the onion delivers reality a decade ahead of time.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 03:03:40 PM EST
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I thought that was a hoax...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:58:43 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 04:31:18 PM EST
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