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    Quote Originally Posted by brinethery View Post
    I just wanted to share this lecture by James Davies, an investigative journalist. In his talk, he goes through the construction of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). I won't spoil anything, but its creation was not based on scientific studies or brain scans. It is well worth the listen.
    The DSM is a GREAT book for a variety of reasons.

    Some entries are just amusing.

    My favorite entry showed up in DSM III: Intermittent Explosive Disorder (DSM V-TR, F63.81 for the latest criteria).

    Basically they pathologized “bad temper” into a diagnosis. Presumably it gives shrinks and “para”-shrinks a way to up-bill for taking care of crappy people. I’ve never had the courage to code it but it IS funny. There are lots of fun things like this in the DSM which I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader.

    The other great thing about it is that it can make for some great party games.

    When I was in medical school my classmates and I made a drinking game out of it, the formal rules of which elude me (because I was drunk when we played it).

    It kind of involved going through the section of the DSM listing the personality disorders. Someone would pick participants and assign them specific disorders based on the criteria and they had to act them out. The rest of us would try to guess it. Sort of a geek version of Charades.

    Boatloads of fun.

    Unfortunately most of the stuff in the DSM is potentially harmful in one way or another. This is true unless you’re a “Karen” who believes that if you label someone in a certain way, they ARE that thing.

    I think it’s a great book to keep by the crapper as reading material. No home should be without a copy. The more current addition, the better because they just keep piling on funnier stuff. They have cheaper “summary” editions but they’re not as much fun!

    Treat yourself with the full-on version!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFord View Post
    The DSM is a GREAT book for a variety of reasons.

    Some entries are just amusing.

    My favorite entry showed up in DSM III: Intermittent Explosive Disorder (DSM V-TR, F63.81 for the latest criteria).

    Basically they pathologized “bad temper” into a diagnosis. Presumably it gives shrinks and “para”-shrinks a way to up-bill for taking care of crappy people. I’ve never had the courage to code it but it IS funny. There are lots of fun things like this in the DSM which I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader.
    I gotta tell you, Doc, this really pisses me off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Donaldson View Post
    I gotta tell you, Doc, this really pisses me off...
    Obviously you need a diagnosed and some psych meds ASAP.

    Oh and your guns should be confiscated.

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    I prefer YouTube for my psychological definitions. Here's a sample of what I've learned.

    Trauma: Basic life challenges

    Narcissist: That guy who pumped and dumped me.

    Spiritual awakening: Infantile mental breakdown

    Synchronicity: Random chance

    Toxic: Someone who disagrees with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFord View Post
    Obviously you need a diagnosed and some psych meds ASAP.

    Oh and your guns should be confiscated.
    Well, I mean, if you really think so... After all, you ARE a doctor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Donaldson View Post
    Well, I mean, if you really think so... After all, you ARE a doctor!
    You do know the difference between God and a doctor right?

    God doesn’t think He’s a doctor.

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