DSM III made psychiatric diagnosis interesting and accessible to the general public. More than a million copies of each edition have been sold -more to ordinary people than to mental health professionals. The widespread appeal of the DSM is in its clear definitions that allow people to make self diagnosis in themselves and family members.. For the most part, this has been a useful contributor to self knowledge and to early identification and treatment. But it can also be overdone and inevitably leads to overdiagnosis in the hands of non-clinicians.
A blog entry by: Psychology Today in June 2010
If more professionals would do their job (maybe even buy and read the book) and spend more time with the less patient, instead of less time with more patients… They would really be able to listen to their patient instead (being a good doc, not the greedy one) writing an Rx or making another overpriced appointment to fill your pockets.
Then MAYBE ordinary people wouldn’t feel the need to go above their head and find out the source them self.
Then DSM is not that hard to understand if you meet 2 or more in section A…. AND at least 2 in section B…. and you are not meet criteria for any of the section C…. you are ____. How can that be over diagnosed? The book being made public helps make more diagnoses because it gives the public a better understanding and a leg to stand on to these greedy, shady used car sales men with a degree.
If the DSM has open ins then the perhaps the DSM needs a new better way.
However, I think its just the doctors who do not take the time to see what the patients try to show or tell them… They know they are not doing their job and they get pissed when you do it for them.
Dear Dr, Next time your partner doesn’t ‘give you some’… Make it a point to bring that same attitude toward them (like you do the patients) cause you had to handle business yourself, alone at the computer! Same thing, sortof…