Do you believe that nonconformity and freethinking are mental illnesses? Well, according to the most recent edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), they are.
The popular psychological manual is considered the “Bible” of the psychiatric and psychological profession.
The new fifth edition of the DSM identifies a mental illness that it terms “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD.
On the surface, this might sound legitimate, but when we look at how the DSM defines it, a number of serious problems arise for free thinkers.
The DSM defines ODD as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior.”
It’s symptoms include“questioning authority, as well as the vague description of “negativity, and equally vague “defiance,” and “argumentativeness,” or even “being easily annoyed.”
Let’s take a look at that for a moment – the DSM has defined “oppositional defiant disorder” as being “defiant.”
But there’s not need to listen to me, that’s just my “argumentativeness,” to point out that ODD is defining itself with circular reasoning and argumentation. If you have a problem with that, it might be because you are “easily annoyed.”
With each new edition of the DSM, they there are a plethora of new disorders.
The authors of the psychological Bible say that this is only because they are – with each edition – able to better identify such illnesses.
In just 50 years, the DSM has increased disorders from 130 to 357 mental illnesses.
Many of those illnesses target children who have “too much” energy, creativity or who ask too many questions.
A Washington Post article even noted that technically, if Mozart were a youth today, he would almost certainly be diagnosed with ADD and “medicated into barren normality.”
Commenting on the manual’s new definitions, Off The Grid News rightly notes that “Although the authors of the manual claim no ulterior motives but simply better diagnostic practices, the labeling of freethinking and nonconformity as mental illnesses has a lot of potential for abuse. It can easily become a weapon in the arsenal of a repressive state.”
What do you think?