Only thing I have to say about this new Subthreshold Bipolar Diagnosis is labeling theory really needs to make a comeback. Meanwhile it’s good to see the lot of us shaking our heads, none but the innocents at crazyboards appear to be taking this SBD thing seriously.
As Big Pharma’s base grows increasingly jaundiced I wonder how they’re gonna keep us down on the farm, what marketing plans they’re gonna pull out of their ass upon reading entries like this in Furious Season’s contest to name the newly discovered bipolar illness:
NPN: No placebo Necessary
PRD: Pharmaceutical Rep Disorder
PNLTD: Psychiatrists Need Love Too Disorder
DUMBASS-$ (Diagnosing Usually Mundane Behavior As Seroquel Scripts $oar)
and my favorite:
Yes, more like that.
Also, a little less psychology with a whole lot more sociology. Balance, they say, is good for well-being. I’m in, I’m there, so ready for the balance. Blow the dust off last year’s Paula Caplan post at Women’s E-News, see how Psychiatric Labels Plague Women’s Mental Health:
5/16/06 During mental-health awareness month Paula J. Caplan argues women are over-diagnosed with psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Many problems, she writes, are not inside women’s heads. They are in external conditions crying out for remedy.
May is mental-health awareness month, but sadly, much of the publicity and public “education” connected with it consists of trying to persuade people they are mentally ill and need medication and psychotherapy. What is little known but frightening is the damage often done to many women simply by giving them psychiatric diagnoses.
Because they received psychiatric diagnoses, women have lost health insurance or had skyrocketing premiums, lost jobs, lost the right to make decisions about their medical and legal affairs and lost, or nearly lost, their lives. Last month, a woman on the West Coast went to court after losing child custody on the basis of having been psychiatrically labeled.
An enormous amount of research–including in the 2004 book I edited, “Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis”–has shown that women are at even greater risk than men of attracting many serious psychiatric labels.
Even women who never enter a therapist’s office run the risk of being branded by family or friends with one type of demeaning non-psychiatric label or another, such as “cold, bitchy and rejecting” or “overemotional, overly sensitive and needy,” so that even an average woman’s emotions and behavior look pretty terrible compared to those of an average man. It should not be surprising, then, that the psychiatric field is riddled with diagnoses that are used to demean and pathologize women.
Like every therapist I know, I’ve had women come to see me, after having seen another mental health professional, and introduce themselves by saying, “My name is Maude. I’m bipolar,” or “I’m Lula, and I’m a borderline personality.” They do not regard themselves as women who have some problems. Instead, their whole identity has come to be connected with a mental illness.
Identity is so much simpler that way.