The DSM: helping to drugs more human beings
Recent changes to the diagnostic handbook used by mental health practitioners include broadening the definition of depression, expanding the definition of autism and adding disorders on binge eating and one that is sometimes referred to as the “tantrum disorder.” to ensure pharmaceutical profitability
That should get more prescriptions for 'anti-depressants' written!
Depression, Bereavement and Bipolar
The DSM has also expanded its definition of depression to include bereavement. In the past, bereavement was listed as an exception to a depression diagnosis, but now those who lose a loved one can be diagnosed as suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD).
Yes, bereavement. A normal human process of grieving is now a "depression"
Previous to this edition, skeptics had already criticized the APA for having a definition for depression that was too broad. The concern is related to labeling healthy people with a depressive diagnosis and over-prescribing antidepressants and antipsychotics — especially after people have experienced symptoms of bereavement for as little as two weeks.
Can't get over the death of your loved one in as little as two weeks? Big Pharma has a pill for that!
Another of the changes relates to over-diagnosis of bipolar in children. In an effort to prevent these incorrect diagnoses, the APA added a new category called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), which addresses children who are consistently irritable and have behavioral outbursts. Critics worry that since these characteristics may be present in a majority of young children, it may lead to over-diagnosis yet again.
An expanded definition of depression may lead to more diagnoses and more prescriptions for antidepressants. As of 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 percent of Americans age 12 or older took antidepressants. As this number may continue to rise, patients should be aware of the risks associated with certain antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Soon everyone can be medicated for one thing or another?