7 Newly Classified Mental Illnesses
If you can get something declared a "mental disorder," the money flows, government money and insurance money, to treat the "disorder."
The American Psychiatric Association has just released its revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short.
Below are 7 new "mental illnesses" listed in DSM (via MarketWatch)
1. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Symptoms include depression, “feelings of hopelessness” and bloating sensations at specific times during a woman’s menstrual cycle—severe enough to interfere with people’s ability to function at work or school.
2. Hoarding Disorder
Says MarketWatch: Some DSM critics believe the creation of hoarding disorder could be driven by pharmaceutical interests: “All they are saying is, we think hoarding should be made an illness that we can get paid for,” says McHugh, who believes psychiatrists should investigate the root causes of the hoarding in order to formulate a treatment plan that could involve behavior therapy instead of drugs.
3. Caffeine Withdrawal
“Caffeine is invading our society more and more,” Alan Budney, a psychiatrist who helped develop the DSM-5, said at a 2011 industry symposium.
4. Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder
The phenomenon became particularly problematic for comedian Mike Birbiglia after he jumped through a second-story hotel window in a dream about escaping a missile, landing him in the emergency room with glass wounds, says MW.
5. Restless Legs Syndrome
6. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
Children with disinhibited social engagement disorder can be "inattentive and impulsive," says MW.
7. Central Sleep Apnea and Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
Having trouble breathing at night? You are mentally ill.