Don't Belong in the Trash!
The American Psychiatric Association has established a new diagnostic category which will classify many medically ill patients with a somatic symptom disorder or a mentally manufactured illness, when many truly suffer from any number of well-diagnosed and immensely debilitating immune system dysfunctions.
Lyme Disease. Fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. M.E. Epstein Barr Virus. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
These are a few of the misunderstood diseases that could fall into this wastebasket diagnostic category.
The consequences are catastrophic.
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"The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill."
Allen Frances, M.D. chair of the DSM-4 task force
DSM 5 in Distress: Mislabeling Medical Illness as Mental Disorder
Allen Frances, M.D. from Psychology Today 12/08/12
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