Which terminology do you prefer? The official "medical disability" as described by the DSM... or real language?
|DSM term||In Real Language (IRL)|
|Depression||Sadness, a human emotion|
|Bipolar Disorder||Has good days and bad days, just like you and me|
|Aspergers Syndrome||Kid seems a little different to me|
|Dyslexia||Student learning to read|
|Dysgraphia||Student learning to write|
|Dyscalculia||Student learning math and numbers|
|ADHD||2nd grader doesn't like your three hour, awe-inspiring lectures; is male|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder||The teenage years|
|Conduct Disorder||Doesn't like your invented rules or your authoritarian attitude|
|Kleptomania||Very much likes and wants nice things s/he sees in stores and takes them|
|Borderline Personality Disorder||Manipulates others or the system for self-gain|
|Internet Addiction||Loves the internet, like millions of other humans|
|Gender Identity Confusion||This is any of our business?|
|Adjustment Disorder||It takes awhile to get used to you, you know?|
|Minimal Brain Dysfunction||Republican|
|Obsessive-Compulsive||S/he seeks and benefits from a highly-structured classroom|
|Reading Disorder||Is not that great at reading|
|Mood Disorder||Sometimes in a good mood, sometimes in a bad mood|
|Narcissistic Personality Disorder||Has inflated ego, is self-centered, thinks s/he is never wrong, acts like a jerk|
|Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)||We don't know what it is but it is obviously something|
|Antisocial Personality Disorder||Chooses to break the law, criminal|
|Intermittent Explosive Disorder||Student gets angry, sometimes very angry|
|Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder||Um, that time of the month|
|Vaginismus||Give me a break|
|Substance Abuse Disorder||Student takes illegal drugs, just like millions of Americans|
|Patient in Therapy||Patient takes prescribed drugs, just like millions of others in therapy|
|Social Anxiety Disorder||Student is shy|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||Recovering from a difficult life situation or event|
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?
In Real Language (IRL), "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.
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This ClassiX has been around [the world] since at least 2006. Updated: August 21st, 2016