Re: The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill
Being just a very ordinary person with no big diploma, one thought has occurred to me as I have followed what is happening with the DSM-5 and SSD.
We live in a time when there is a big push for more public acceptance of psychiatric disorders - which is okay - because the psychiatric label is very bad in many ways: with family, with employers, with insurers, with the whole other medical field.
Could creating SSD have something to do with ensuring that almost EVERYONE out there has a psychiatric label, at one time or other, or always? This would make it a free-for-all for pharmaceutical companies and for insurers who do not cover psychiatric disease as a disability.
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