The DSM In Real Language (IRL)
Which terminology do you prefer, the official DSM "medical disability," or In Real Language?
Borderline Personality Disorder
Gender identity Confusion
Minimal Brain Dysfunction
Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
Opposiitonal Defiant Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress
Social Anxiety Disorder
Substance Abuse Disorder
In Real Language (IRL)
2nd grade male doesn't like your awe-inspiring three hour lectures
It takes awhile to get used to you, you know?
Chooses to break the law; a criminal
Kid seems a little different to me
Has good days and bad days, just like you and me
Manipulates the system or others for self-gain
Doesn't like your invented rules or your authoritarian attitude
Sadness, a human emotion
Student experiencing trials-and-errors in learning math
Student experiencing trials-and-errors in learning to write
Student experiencing trials-and-errors in learning to read
This is any of our business?
Student gets angry, sometimes very angry
Loves the internet, like millions of other humans
Wants nice things s/he sees in stores and takes them
Just seems a little slow
Sometimes in a good mood, sometimes in a bad mood
Inflated ego, self-centered, thinks s/he is never wrong, a jerk
We don't know what it is but it's obviously something
S/he seeks and benefits from a highly structured classroom
The teenage years
Trying to recover from or cope with a difficult life situation or event
Um, that time of the month
Is not that great at reading
Student is shy
Takes illegal drugs, just like millions of Americans
Give me a break
As always, you get to decide. What do you want? Big fancy DSM words, labels, and diagnosis (and all the "treatments" that go along with them)? Or real language?
In Real Language (IRL), the mental health system is designed to make a lot of money for a lot of people, especially "advocates," those in psychiatry, and the big pharmaceutical companies.
I'm not the only one who sees it this way... millions are opening their eyes every day. Will you?
"Every behavior committed by a human is a human behavior." (Asbridge, 1994).
I hope you will continue to gather information about this important topic (i.e., the invention of "diseases," "disorders," and "conditions" so drug companies can make a lot of money). There is a lot of information out there already, just start by going to your favorite internet search engine, type in any of these "disorders," and use your critical thinking skills as you investigate.
I've been all over this topic for over fifteen years and I'm optimistically thinking millions of people and organizations are finally starting to get it - or maybe not.
This ClassiX has been around [the world] since at least 2006. Updated & Republished: July 5th, 2019
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