From Psychology Today: "Physical Illnesses May Soon Be Labeled 'Mental Disorders'”

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2013-01-19 11:59:19 -0600
Started 2013-01-16 23:42:38 -0600

Most of us l know about the effects our Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has on our moods.

However I would rather not be labled as someone who has a mental disorder as may be the case if the DSM-5 is allowed to stand as it is currently in the pre printing process and will be released in May 2013 (DSM stands for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is often referred to as the The Bible of mental disorders because it’s what health care practitioners use to decide if their patients have a psychiatric disorder or not.)

Read this article here ~

The 2nd line under the title reads "Act now to prevent physical illnesses from being categorized as mental illnesses" It could affect everything in your life including your ability to work in certain fields. According to the blog's author Toni Bernhard, J.D. " In my opinion, Somatic Symptom Disorder is a dangerous addition to the DSM-5."

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Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-19 06:42:06 -0600 Report

Interesting James, upon diagnosis I was offered a prescription for depression, which I refused! The assumption was that when diagnosed with D I guess it automatically placed me in the category of being depressed, NOT! Exercise, meditation, motivation, have kept me from falling into this category. Our country has a cure for everything, it comes in the form of a prescription linked to pharmacies handing them out like candy! We need to be careful, although I do believe there are some medications that are crucial for survival and every day well being, there are other ways sometimes to prevent or deal with certain issues!

jayabee52 2013-01-19 11:59:19 -0600 Report

SA, that is why I believe that this new designation in the DSM is so dangerous. Exactly that! And with all the hullabaloo over mental health and the misuse of antipsycotic meds which have been implicated in recent shootings.

I don't want some bureaucrat seeing the label "mentally ill" in my medical file and decide to ship me off to and lock me into some mental institution, when I don't think that there is anything wrong with me.

Lentyl 2013-01-18 12:20:48 -0600 Report


A couple of months agoi or so I watched a video about the drugging of the United States. Please, oh please be aware of the pharmaceutical companies who are taking over more and more control of medicine. There is a place for prescription medications but it isn't the only place. The video reminded me of Aldous Huxley's novel "Brave New World".

GwenAngel 2013-01-17 12:40:08 -0600 Report

My mom was actually diagnosed with depression before diabetes. So who is to say that the people that have these issues did not have them before being diagnosed. Really, any health condition can affect one's state of mind adversly. No one in or out of the medical field can honestly say, for a fact, that a person's state of mind is caused by an illness or the other way around.

jayabee52 2013-01-17 13:01:00 -0600 Report

Actually Gwen so was I . Was Dx'd with depression before I was Dx'd with diabetes. But that does not mean that my diabetes is a mental health issue. My depression came and went with the conditions in my life.

flipmom 2013-01-17 11:52:29 -0600 Report

i dont know all that, but in most cases, when we have a physical illness, our mental health is also affected… l

SmartyMarti1 2013-01-17 11:38:57 -0600 Report

While health can affect our moods, we should be careful to be responsible how our moods affect our behavior. We surely can't use it for an excuse.

jayabee52 2013-01-17 12:11:08 -0600 Report

the point being is now if a Physician who goes by the DSM 5 as the criteria outlined in the prepub form, WE who have Diabetes, or Cancer or kidney disease can be designated as having mental illness. I don't want to unnecessarily suffer that label being placed upon me. It can have other major consequences.

jayabee52 2013-01-17 00:00:40 -0600 Report

The new discussion closed suddenly and unexpectedly and I would have added more information like the article to which the blogger referred ~

SmartyMarti1 2013-01-17 12:13:04 -0600 Report

God is in control :)

jayabee52 2013-01-17 12:22:24 -0600 Report

And when one reads the bible, one will find that in the majority of cases GOD used people to manifest that control. He only used miraculous power in a tiny fraction of incidents.

That places the burden on us to do what we can to head off what could be a grave injustice.

Did you read the blog mentioned in my post just above the "God is in control" response? Did you comment?

nyjeri 2013-01-17 13:01:26 -0600 Report

I read the article and find just as Jayabee a strong injustice. It seems that if one worries too much about an illness then he can be labeled mentally ill? There's something wrong with that picture. What I fail to understand is why would they even want to do this. And it is so true once you are diagnosed mentally ill there are many area's of life you are not taken serious.

jayabee52 2013-01-17 13:04:18 -0600 Report

Thank you Jeri! I was feeling a bit alone on this one. But that's not new to me at all. But thank you for your input!

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