The problem of the DSM

The DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is often used to diagnose individuals who have sought mental health evaluations. The most recent DSM was the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition, text revision, and included about 943 pages full of information that lacks great scientific validity. Unfortunately, a lot of people are uninformed about the historical foundation of the DSM and the danger it poses to our lives. Sigmund Freud, one of the most unstable trend setters in the field of psychiatry, had a rather strong influence on the DSM including other researchers of psychiatry. Anything can be classified as a mental illness, but are these classifications correct?

Watch a video on the history of the DSM and its impact on modern society.

The issue of homosexuality addressed in the video and the DSM is another story involving political and cultural influence. There are many falsely stated claims for this topic that will be addressed at a later time. The issue of court psychiatrists and children being removed from their homes is a case-by-case incident and this information in the documentary is exaggerated to make a point. We do not have complete information to fully agree with these stories. Removal of children from homes does occur, but they are rarely “ripped from their homes.” Consider all information with caution.

For more information on the DSM, psychiatry, and therapy, stay tuned for my book coming in April 2014 for parents, families, and caregivers!