May 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Labels impede healing
Criticized from within the ranks, the 947-page revised manual (DSM-5) by the American Psychiatric Association adds new disorders and broadens criteria for existing ones [“Mental disorder manual revised,” page one, May 18].
If the manual itself were placed on the couch, what would we find? Would it be diagnosed with a disorder all too familiar in our overly therapeutic culture — obsessive-compulsive disorder?
One prominent critic, Thomas Insel — the director of the National Institute of Mental Health — calls the manual a “dictionary creating a set of labels and defining each.”
How many borderline children and even adults will be able to find ways to move on to healthy and self-confident lives (yes, often with professional help) if they are hobbled and branded by such labels?
Peter Beaulieu, Shoreline