Making it up

The psychiatric industry has discovered another “disorder” to cover for bad parenting.

Modern psychiatry has become a hotbed of corruption, particularly the kind that seeks to demonize and declare mentally ill anyone who deviates from what is regarded as the norm. This is abundantly evident in the latest installment of the industry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which dubs people who do not conform to what those in charge declare to be normal as mentally insane.

The so-called “condition” for why a person might choose to resist conformity has been labeled by the psychiatric profession as “oppositional defiant disorder,” or ODD. The new DSM defines this made-up disease as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” and also lumps it in alongside attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, another made-up condition whose creator, Dr. Leon Eisenberg, admitted it to be phony on his death bed.

As you might suspect from this type of open-ended description, almost any personal behavior perceived by someone else to be undesirable or strange might be categorized as symptomatic of ODD. Children who throw temper tantrums or fight with their siblings, for instance, might be declared to have this supposed mental illness, as might children who express disagreement with their parents or teachers.

Hey mental health professionals, when can we expect to get a disorder declared for those who blame a tool for the actions of people? Or maybe one for people who only believe “facts” that help their position? Can we at least get one for people who believe that banning racial preferences is racist?

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2 Responses to Making it up

  1. Phssthpok says:

    It’s not as ‘new’ as you might think…*dusts off a bookmarked blogpost*:

    http://tirelessagorist.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-world-thinks-im-crazy.html

    Back in 2008 my next door neighbors son was ‘diagnosed’ with ODD (and ADHD of course). I told them it was a bullshit disorder, and did the best I could to educate them AGAINST simply taking ‘the professional’s’ word (and subsequently doping their kid into a drooling automaton). Sadly I don’t know if I did any good as life reared it’s ugly head and I was forced to move shortly thereafter.

  2. me says:

    The new flavor of the week in dysfunctions-that-aren’t is “counterdependency,” which is basically psychiatri-Newspeak for “being an adult and taking personal responsibility.”

    http://www.promises.com/articles/mental-health/are-you-counter-dependent/

    “While co-dependents are weak, needy, and clingy, centering their behavior on what others do, think, and want, counter-dependents are on the flipside of this. Counter-dependency is when someone projects self-confidence, success, and power on the outside, but on the inside they are unsure of themselves, suffering from a poor self-image and low self-esteem. Their picture-perfect exterior hides an inner persona that is needy, scared, and lacking. Counter-dependents take every possible measure to ensure that they are not dependent on others for anything…”

    More of the same can be seen at:

    http://weinholds.org/the-flight-from-intimacy-healing-counter-dependency/
    http://www.familytreecounseling.com/fullarticle.php?aID=16

    And, as I predicted when I first saw this term appear on the Internet around 2002, it’s now entered the official psychiatric lexicon:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterdependency

    Got that? Manhood is now a mental illness.

    Look for this to be added to a future edition of the DSM, either as a symptom or as a “personality disorder.” Are you a mature adult, rather than a perpetual child or adolescent, forever clamoring for Mommy Government to give you free stuff, tell you what to do and how to live, and take care of you? You’re “counterdependent.” You are “socially sick” and the government is morally obligated to “help” you, presumably with mandatory “mental health services” under Obamacare. This is for your own good. According to the smarmy git who created the concept, you “need to be humbled and broken.”

    http://www.familytreecounseling.com/fullarticle.php?aID=16

    Not that it’s terribly original. About ten years before that, there was a distastefully treacly Harrison Ford film called “Regarding Henry,” about a successful lawyer who takes responsibility for his family, but is really evil and hateful, and whose family relationships are saved by the Heaven-given blessing of brain damage in an auto accident, which renders him a weepy, touchy-feely slob; the question of who pays the mortgage and puts food on the table so that everyone doesn’t starve to death now that Daddy has been rendered a cheerful drooling low-grade moron incapable of holding down a part-time job mopping the floors at McDonald’s is not explored. The message is unforgettable: if you work hard, if you’re productive, if you take care of your family and provide for them, that’s evil and wrong, and you really should be “in therapy” to “get in touch with your feminine side,” etc., etc., etc. This tiresome, tendentious bit of agitprop won awards, if I recall correctly.

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