Jan 27, 2013
Physical Illnesses May Soon Be Labeled “Mental Disorders” in the Next 5th DSM (Revision)
The DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM 5th edition is about to be publish, I think in May 2013.
*The new DSM’s definition of Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD), in my personal & professional opinion is “hard to believe”. People can be diagnosed with SSD if, for at least six months they’ve had one or more symptoms that are distressing and/or disruptive to their daily life, and if they have one of the following aspects:
1. disproportionate thoughts about the seriousness of their symptom(s)
2. high level of anxiety about their symptoms or health; or
3. devoting excessive time and energy to their symptoms or health concerns.
For ex, in the 3rd point: in many health conditions people are always trying to find different options to improve & manage their health issues and/or symptoms. It is not fair to be diagnosed with a mental disorder because of that & suffer w more stigmas!! (and what about Hypoglycemia or Diabetes, they have to follow a diet, be very cautious with their lifestyle, etc…)
Any physical condition (ex. from Gastroenteritis, Fibromyalgia, Lyme to Cancer, etc) may be included if it meets those aspects.
My worst concern is that if the person is first diagnosed with a mental condition, we risk that the physical MD’s don’t look good enough in our physical conditions, symptoms & complications. Also, this could affect our fight to create AWARENESS to this wide & complex reality of multiple physical conditions (& "invisible illnesses") without adequate treatment & most of all try to get people interested in help us /& find the cure.
I mentioned here just few points…we can talk about this for hours!! For ex, I'm not talking here about the insurance cover implications that this may take!!
*Petition to APA: to reconsider that definition of SSD!!! IMPORTANT MATTER!!!
Love & Light!! Dr. Rebeka Blanco (psydbecky408)♥