Nonconformity & Freethinking Now Considered…Mental Illnesses?   1 comment

Maybe its’ just me but I think the psych community has way too much damn time on their hands…

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.(The Unbounded Spirit)

And they would be right, especially given what the DSM considers to be “oppositional defiant disorder”…

New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases.(The Unbounded Spirit)

Think about that bolded part in the quote above…for reasons known only to God (and the psychiatric world), what the average person would consider to be personality traits or quirks that individuals possess are now considered mental illnesses? 

WTF? No, really…..what the fuck?

Given the nature of how mental illness (and the treatments thereof) has been used as a societal cudgel to force people into conformity, this should scare any honest, freethinking, nonconformist to no end…

…and to the psych community: what’s next? Forced commitment for anyone who’s a non-conformist? A freethinking, creative person? What’s next?


Posted December 29, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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  1. Reblogged this on In Saner Thought and commented:
    This is going a bit too far! I am sure that there will soon be a pill to control freethinking….if pharma has anything to say about it!

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