The attempt to catalog all the ways that Americans can go crazy dates at least to 1840, when the Census included a question on "idiocy/insanity." From those two simple categories, we now have more than 300 separate disorders; they are listed in a 943-page book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short. The book is important because doctors, insurers and researchers all over the world use it as a reference, a dictionary of everything humanity considers to be mentally unbalanced.
his week we got the first comprehensive look at what might go into the book's latest version, the DSM-5. Currently, the DSM is disjointed and disorganized â€” at times well researched and at times anachronistic. The present version, the DSM-IV-TR (the TR stands for "text revision"), was published in 2000. It begins with "mild mental retardation" moves on to common illnesses like...
These days it's so much easier to just take a pill than it is to even try to deal with unresolved sin in ones life.
I can hardly turn around without seeing an ad for some new psychotropic remedy, peddled by one of our many drug companies.
I don't mean to downplay the very real problems of Depression and Bipolar disorder, but I'm sure that these and other mental disorders are often exacerbated by sin in that person's life.
I know at least 2 such people who are so self-absorbed and consumed with their condition that they have great difficulty knowing whether to blame their "condition" or "themselves" whenever they do something wrong.