i know - it's like you have to conform to the biomedical psychiatric view of all your experiences, however nonsensical.No, I don't need it, it's out-dated and never helpful to begin with.
One point in particular in this article that I picked up on - the fact that services don't offer people the chance to come away from/'withdraw from' their diagnosis.
It's like if you don't want to buy into their label, you're pretty much left with no support offered. It's the psychiatrist's way or the highway.
If that's true....she has a point!The Chair of DSM IV, Dr Allen Frances, has described the manual as ‘deeply flawed and scientifically unsound’ and the Chair of DSM 5, Dr David Kupfer, has admitted there are no biomarkers to validate the categories; a former NIMH director has described DSM as ‘totally wrong, an absolute scientific nightmare’ while the current one confirms that its categories ‘lack validity’; and NIMH has embarked on a massive project to re-write the diagnostic manuals from scratch. How can any professional think it is acceptable to conceal these vital debates from service users and carry on as before?
Your diagnosis doesn't carry a stigma like so many others though Cal.i'm not ready to go back to work, so the diagnosis is helpful in keeping the ESA from my door. Am I right in thinking the US has no Mental Health Act so they can treat people any way they like?
I think that you are far more f%!*ed with a diagnosis - if it's one of the stigmatised ones - because you are thenceforward treated in a way which I consider to be dismissive and inhumane.With a diagnosis they tend not to look beyond the symptoms that go to make up a diagnosis. Unless you are very lucky unless they can throw a pill at it you're f%!*ed.