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The DSM In Real Language (IRL)


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

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