Reeves has just become a hydra.
Chop a head off and another appears. His move out of the CFS department may look good to us on the surface, but he has just resurfaced in a position that has the potential to do us a lot more damage, and not JUST the CFS cohort. ALL of us.
This is a seriously fine piece of work, Khalyal.
Everyone should read this. I'm going back to it again later.
Many, many thanks to you!
Maybe the thread should be renamed Zero Tolerance for DSM-V Bullshit!!!Develop a zero tolerance for bullshit!
I went back to the Proposed Revision page for CSSD, and something occurred to me. Is this actually worse than what we have already?
Don't get me wrong. I don't like the proposed "complex somatic symptom disorder" one little bit, for all the obvious reasons. But it seems like the new category is just a consolidation of a lot of already existing categories. CSSD includes previous diagnoses of:
* Somatization Disorder
* Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder
* Pain Disorder Associated With Both Psychological Factors and a General Medical Condition
* Pain Disorder Associated With Psychological Factors
Is it really worse to be slapped with the CSSD label than, say, "somatization disorder"?
I'd love to hear from somebody who understands the current DSM designations better than I do. If CSSD really is worse, I want to know why so I can do better advocacy. If it's superficially different but not worse, we can be less fearful, but still use this as an opportunity to make people aware of why psychologizing diseases is so dangerous.
They'll be taking public comments for a couple of months and the new DSM isn't scheduled to come out until next year. There is talk of it being pushed back even later. So, do not despair. This is just one more event in a long push in this direction, of pschologizing many more organic illnesses. Even the psych profession is divided over this, so keep hope alive!