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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

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