Some thoughts on it:
The information and history of the DSM is true, but I don't not agree that it needs to be 'thrown out'. I do agree that it needs some regulations - as do psychiatrists who dx and prescribe at will - which ALL do not.
There is no such thing as a 'chemical imbalance' - no evidence at all for this idea.
What goes into the DSM is fueled by politics. For instance, the DID dx has been fought over time and time again to keep it in the DSM. Why? So that insurance will cover this dx and because, medication is shown to have no positive effect. Therefore, it is not financially beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. (but, they will try to state that symptoms of DID can be medicated - untrue, but...)
This IS a huge industry and, society's belief that meds can 'cure' anything fuels the problem.
This industry is OUT of CONTROL and also, totally in control of people's lives as they dx everybody for anything that suits their needs. If you try to fight for your rights, you can easily be hit with the 'Non-compliance' dx given to folks who refuse to take and/or give to their children meds prescribed by pdocs. You can also be held 'against your will' in mental hospitals - or 'forced' to comply.
These truths are difficult to accept - yes - but, it is up to each of us to realize what is going on here. Dx's ARE 'created' in order to force insurance companies, state and federal agencies to pay for services and meds. In some cases, these are needed. Which are 'real' conditions needing meds and which are not? Which meds are killing us and which are helpful? And, how do we stay out of being controlled by this system - if we can't even protect our right of taking or not taking medication prescribed?
Reality - once in the mental health system, we may never get out - mis-dx'd and taking meds for decades - meds that really are killing ppl.
We say that our mental health dx does not define us; it is not a 'label'. This statement is untrue. Mental health dx's do define and label us within the system and follow each of us in our records.
pdocs, in many hospital settings, spend less than 10 minutes to dx and prescribe. Commonsense dictates that this is not possible for anyone to do.
We don't like the dx of 'false memory syndrome', because it has never been 'proved' to be a valid dx, but really neither has many other dx that we do accept. Could it become a dx that replaces DID? It could if the FMSF can persuade the public to accept it. Politics dictate what goes in and what gets thrown out of the DSM. That is why many of us fight so hard to keep this garbage out of the DSM.
The answer - education, education, education. Learn everything you can. Advocate for yourself/your family/your children and everyone's well-being. Use commonsense. If a med isn't helping - STOP TAKING IT. If your symptoms have not caused you to become completely dysfunctional in your life, do not accept or medicate. In fact, don't even go in for treatment.
It is impossible for any pdoc to predict what might happen in the future.
Stay completely away from seeking out psychiatric care for children.
If you believe that you are suicidal, take a look at the meds you are taking.
Always look to therapy before agreeing to medication. Know that meds actually impede you life and ability to benefit from talk-therapy.
I advocate for moving forward despite having such dx as DID/PTSD through talk-therapy, support, and education. I do not agree that the dx defines or should label folks. I do not agree that meds 'cure' anything, but rather that they numb and addict people causing more problems - including suicidal ideation.
I have been caught in this mess for decades and am now free of it all. I have never done better and hope that everyone can see 'clearly' what is going on and benefit from the 'good' programs, therapists, and pdocs available. Commonsense tells us that we are not all mentally ill - billions of ppl? No, of course not.
What do all think. If you don't agree with me, please write your thoughts for everyone to consider. Thank you for reading this - and, do watch the video. It is worth your time and thoughts.
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