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Monday, July 22, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - R to Z

Final instalment. They really went to town when deciding on disorders that start with the letter 'S'.
One has to remember that the following are all deemed as mental illnesses and all are, apparently 'treatable' with either talk or drugs.

Pay heed to the letter 'U'. It would appear that when you don't meet the full criteria, your prescriber gets a helping hand from those wacky APA Task Force members.

More sexual problems make the list of disorders again and also those who struggle with reading are also deemed to be 'abnormal'. Infants and children are targeted in this next block of disorders too.

Remember how the DSM once said homosexuality was a disorder but they later backtracked and removed it? APA Task Force members are now targeting transvestites.

Also, note how problems caused by medications are now deemed as disorders.

Which of the following disorders do you think is the most absurd?


reactive attachment disorder - a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child doesn't establish healthy attachments

relational disorder - persistent and painful patterns of feelings, behaviors, and perceptions among two or more people in an important personal relationship, such a husband and wife, or a parent and children

RD (2)
rumination disorder - an eating disorder in which a person -- usually an infant or young child -- brings back up and re-chews partially digested food that has already been swallowed. In most cases, the re-chewed food is then swallowed again; but occasionally, the child will spit it out

RD (3)
rett's disorder - a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child's life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily

RD (4)
reading disorder - occurs when a person has trouble with any part of the reading process


SAD (1)
seasonal affective disorder - a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year

SAD (2)
separation anxiety disorder - excessive worry and fear about being apart from family members or individuals to whom a child is most attached. Children with separation anxiety disorder fear being lost from their family or fear something bad happening to a family member if they are separated from them

SAD (3)
social anxiety disorder - a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety

SAD (4)
sleep arousal disorder - common in children. Arousal does not mean that the child wakes-up. The “arousal” is a partial arousal usually from “deep” sleep also called “slow-wave sleep”. Most commonly the child transitions from deep sleep to a mixture of very light sleep and/or partial wakefulness. This stage shift will commonly lead to a confusional state or a “confusional arousal

SAD (5)
sexual aversion disorder - one of two sexual desire disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and is defined as a "persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all, genital sexual contact with a sexual partner

social (pragmatic) communication disorder - SCD encompasses problems with social interaction, social understanding and pragmatics. Pragmatics refers to using language in proper context

schizophreniform disorder - a mental disorder diagnosed when symptoms of schizophrenia are present for a significant portion of the time within a one-month period, but signs of disruption are not present for the full six months required for the diagnosis of schizophrenia

somatic symptom disorder - a form of mental illness that causes one or more bodily symptoms, including pain. ... The symptoms can involve one or more different organs and body systems, such as: Pain. Neurologic problems. Gastrointestinal complaints

somatoform disorder NOS - a psychiatric diagnosis used for conditions that do not meet the full criteria for the other somatoform disorders, but have physical symptoms that are misinterpreted or exaggerated with resultant impairment

sedative, hypnotic, or anxiolytic use disorder - a condition characterized by the harmful consequences of repeated use of sedative-like drugs, a pattern of compulsive use of sedative-like drugs, and (sometimes) physiological dependence on sedative-like drugs (i.e., tolerance and/or withdrawal)

specific learning disorder -  a disorder that interferes with a student's ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. Students with a specific learning disability may struggle with reading, writing, or math

substance or medication-induced sleep disorder - the official diagnostic name for insomnia and other sleep problems which are caused by the use of alcohol, drugs, or taking certain medications

substance/medication-induced major or mild neurocognitive disorder - mild neurocognitive disorder due to substance/medication use and major neurocognitive disorder due to substance/medication use are the diagnostic names for two alcohol- or drug-induced major neurocognitive disorders― "major" obviously being the more severe form

stereotypic movement disorder - a motor disorder with onset in childhood involving repetitive, nonfunctional motor behavior (e.g., hand waving or head banging), that markedly interferes with normal activities or results in bodily injury

substance use disorder - occurs when a person's use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, or home

SUD (2)
stimulant use disorder - include stimulant intoxication, stimulant withdrawal, and stimulant use disorder. They result from abuse of a class of medications known as stimulants, which include a wide range of drugs such as amphetamines, methamphetamine, and cocaine

schizoid personality disorder - a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, detachment, and apathy

SPD (2)
shared psychotic disorder - a rare delusional disorder shared by 2 or, occasionally, more people with close emotional ties. ... Two people share the same delusion or delusional system and support one another in this belief. They have an unusually close relationship

SPD (3)
specific phobia disorder - a type of anxiety disorder defined as an extreme, irrational fear of or aversion to something

speech sound disorder - a communication disorder in which children have persistent difficulty saying words or sounds correctly

substance-related and addictive disorder - a craving for, the development of a tolerance to, and difficulties in controlling the use of a particular substance or a set of substances, as well as withdrawal syndromes upon abrupt cessation of substance use

sexual masochism disorder - the condition of experiencing recurring and intense sexual arousal in response to enduring moderate or extreme pain, suffering, or humiliation

sexual sadism disorder - the condition of experiencing sexual arousal in response to the extreme pain, suffering or humiliation of others

somatic symptom and related disorder - mental health disorders characterized by an intense focus on physical (somatic) symptoms that causes significant distress and/or interferes with daily functioning

sleep terror disorder - episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing while still asleep. Also known as night terrors, sleep terrors often are paired with sleepwalking. Like sleepwalking, sleep terrors are considered a parasomnia — an undesired occurrence during sleep

sleep-wake disorder - occur when the body's internal clock does not work properly or is out of sync with the surrounding environment

SWD (2)
sleepwalking disorder - a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. It is much more common in children than adults and is more likely to occur if a person is sleep deprived

schizoaffective disorder - a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression


tic disorder - defined as repeated, sudden, rapid, nonrhythmic muscle movements including sounds or vocalizations. Tourette syndrome is diagnosed when people have had both motor and vocal tics for > 1 yr

TD (2)
transvestic disorder - cross-dressing, or dressing in the clothes of the opposite gender, to become sexually aroused. It must occur over a period of at least 6 months

TD (3)
tourette's disorder - a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics

tobacco use disorder - the most common substance use disorder in the United States. ... Nicotine is the primary addictive substance in tobacco; however other chemicals likely increase the addiction risk. Tobacco use appears to have an addictive / dependence potential at least equal to that of other drugs


unspecified anxiety disorder - used when there are anxiety-like symptoms that cause significant distress or impaired functioning. However, there is insufficient information to determine what particular type of Anxiety Disorder may be present

unspecified depressive disorder - category applies to presentations in which symptoms characteristic of a depressive disorder that cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning predominate but do not meet the full criteria for any of the disorders in the depressive disorders diagnostic class

unspecified obsessive-compulsive and related disorder - presentations characterized by OCD features that cause significant distress or impairment, but which do not meet the full criteria

undifferentiated somatoform disorder - occurs when a person has physical complaints for more than six months that cannot be attributed to a medical condition


voyeurism disorder - this disorder refers to (for over a period of at least 6 months) having recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the act of observing an unsuspecting person who is naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity

Bob Fiddaman


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - M to P

The widening of the net continues. Previous posts at the foot of this post.


major depressive disorder - a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities

major frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder -  uncommon disorder that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain — the areas generally associated with personality, behavior and language

male hypoactive sexual desire disorder - considered a sexual dysfunction and is characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity

major neurocognitive disorder - a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with independence and daily life

major neurocognitive disorder with lewy bodies - the second most common type of degenerative dementia following Alzheimer's disease (AD). DLB is clinically and pathologically related to Parkinson's disease (PD) and PD dementia, and the three disorders can be viewed as existing on a spectrum of Lewy body disease.

major neurocognitive disorder due to parkinson’s disease

major vascular neurocognitive disorder - Vascular neurocognitive disorder is a common form of dementia. It is diagnosed in between 15-30% of all people who are diagnosed with dementia. Other names for this disorder include vascular dementia, vascular cognitive impairment and multi-infarct dementia


night eating syndrome - a condition that combines overeating at night with sleep problems

nightmare disorder - also known as dream anxiety disorder, is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares

neurodevelopmental disorders -  a group of disorders in which the development of the central nervous system is disturbed. This can include developmental brain dysfunction, which can manifest as neuropsychiatric problems or impaired motor function, learning, language or non-verbal communication

narcissistic personality disorder -  a personality disorder with a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy


obsessive-compulsive disorder - a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over

obsessive-compulsive personality disorder - despite having similar names and symptoms, OCD and OCPD are distinct forms of mental illness that have unique and specific characteristics. The main difference is that OCD is designated in the DSM within its own category called Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, while OCPD is considered a personality disorder.

oppositional defiant disorder - a type of behavior disorder. It is mostly diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant, and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures

opioid use disorder - patients presenting with an opioid use disorder may appear acutely intoxicated, in opioid withdrawal, or show no acute effects related to their opioid use


persisting amnestic disorder - the amnestic disorders are a group of disorders that involve loss of memories previously established, loss of the ability to create new memories or loss of the ability to learn new information

pediatric bipolar disorder - one of the more contentious issues in children’s mental health involves pediatric bipolar disorder (BD).  We now know that when BD presents in children, it tends to be a severe form of the illness.  But children who have been diagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder (BD) may, in fact, have different illnesses requiring different treatments.

persistent complex bereavement disorder - a disorder for those who are significantly and functionally impaired by prolonged grief symptoms for at least one month after six months of bereavement

phobic disorder - intense, persistent, and recurrent fears of certain objects (such as snakes, spiders, or blood) or situations (like heights, speaking in front of a group, and public places). These things may trigger a panic attack. Social phobia and agoraphobia are examples of phobic disorders

PD (2)
pica disorder - an eating disorder that involves eating items that are not typically thought of as food and that do not contain significant nutritional value, such as hair, dirt, and paint chips

persistent depressive disorder - a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression.

PDD (2)
pervasive developmental disorder - a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age.

PDD (3)
premenstrual dysphoric disorder - a health problem that is similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) but is more serious. PMDD causes severe irritability, depression, or anxiety in the week or two before your period starts

paranoid personality disorder -  one of a group of conditions called "Cluster A" personality disorders which involve odd or eccentric ways of thinking. People with PPD also suffer from paranoia, an unrelenting mistrust and suspicion of others, even when there is no reason to be suspicious

post-traumatic embitterment disorder - a pathological reaction to drastic life events and has the tendency not to stop. The trigger is an extraordinary although common negative life event as for example divorce, dismissal, personal insult or vilification

post-traumatic stress disorder - a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event

phencyclidine use disorder - this disorder is given to people who are experiencing problems as a result of using a group of substances called phencyclidines, or substances which are pharmacologically similar to them, such as ketamine

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman


Friday, July 19, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - G to L

Continuing on from my previous two posts.

All the following are 'mental health disorders', or are claimed to be mental health disorders by the Task Force of the DSM 5.


generalized anxiety disorder - severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities

gambling disorder - a persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress

gender identity disorder (gender dysphoria) - an individual exhibits marked and persistent identification with the opposite sex and persistent discomfort (dysphoria) with his or her own sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex


hoarding disorder - a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them

HD (2)
hypersomnolence disorder - characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep

histrionic personality disorder - defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval

HPD (2)
hair-pulling disorder - a mental disorder classified under Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders and involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, and other areas of the body

hallucinogen persisting perception disorder - a disorder in which a person has flashbacks of visual hallucinations or distortions experienced during a previous hallucinogenic drug experience


internet addiction disorder -  also known as problematic internet use or pathological internet ..... A subcategory of IAD, Internet gaming disorder is listed in DSM-5 as a condition that requires more research in order to be considered as a full disorder

impulse-control disorder NOS - individuals who fall under Impulse-Control Disorder NOS do not meet any of the criteria for the above disorders or any of the other impulse control disorders in the DSM-IV-TR. (eg. substance abuse, paraphilias). Some common impulse-control disorders in this category include impulsive sexual behaviors, pathological skin picking, self-mutilation, and compulsive shopping. Those with sexual impulses often are promiscuous, show compulsive masturbation, show a compulsive use phone sex lines and/or pornography, and often show pornography dependence

intermittent explosive disorder - a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand

insomnia disorder - a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep

internet gaming disorder - most common in male adolescents 12 to 20 years of age. According to studies it is thought that Internet Gaming Disorder is more prevalent in Asian countries than in North America and Europe. Internet Gaming Disorder is a “Condition for Further Study” in the DSM-5 (APA 2013).  This means that it is not an "official" disorder in the DSM, but one on which the American Psychiatric Association request additional research.

inhalant use disorder -  a problem that can develop when people deliberately breathe in the fumes of various substances


language disorder - an individual's expressive language may be severely impaired, while his receptive language is hardly impaired at all. More specifically, according to the DSM-5, deficits in comprehension or production can include the following: Reduced vocabulary (word knowledge and use)

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - D to F

Continuing from yesterday. Pay particular attention to the 'disorders' beginning with the letter 'F'.

Do members of the APA Task Force watch porn movies before raising their, ahem... hands?


developmental coordination disorder -  a motor skills disorder that affects five to six percent of all school-aged children

delusional disorder - a generally rare mental illness in which the patient presents delusions, but with no accompanying prominent hallucinations, thought disorder, mood disorder

depersonalization/derealization disorder - involves a persistent or recurring feeling of being detached from one's body or mental processes

dissociative identity disorder - a disorder characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states

disruptive mood dysregulation disorder - a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts

disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorder -  combines oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), and disruptive behavior disorder not otherwise specified (DBDNOS) with disorders in the “Impulse-Control Disorders Not Otherwise Specified” chapter


excoriation disorder - a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by repeated picking at one's own skin

ED (2)
exhibitionistic disorder - a condition marked by the urge, fantasy, or act of exposing one's genitals to non-consenting people, particularly strangers

eating disorder not otherwise specified - applied when an individual’s symptoms cause significant distress but do not fit neatly within the strict criteria for anorexia, bulimia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder or binge eating disorder


factitious disorder - a mental disorder in which a person acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when, in fact, he or she has consciously created the symptoms (Important question here)

FD (2)
frotteuristic disorder - the act of touching or rubbing one's genitals up against another person in a sexual manner without their consent

FD (3)
fetishistic disorder -  characterized as a condition in which there is a persistent and repetitive use of or dependence on nonliving objects (such as undergarments or high-heeled shoes) or a highly specific focus on a body part (most often nongenital, such as feet) to reach sexual arousal

female hypoactive sexual desire disorder - a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty

female sexual arousal disorder - a disorder characterized by a persistent or recurrent inability to attain sexual arousal or to maintain arousal until the completion of a sexual activity

female orgasmic disorder - refers to difficulty reaching orgasm. It may take a woman with FOD longer to have an orgasm

To be continued...

G - L

Bob Fiddaman

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Debunk & Disorderly - A to C

debunk - to expose the sham
disorder - abnormal physical or mental condition

I've been reading the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) and it struck me that disorder is such a vile word. The DSM 5 mentions the word no less than 1,377 times with references to various illnesses and subsets of illnesses, the majority of which are just downright laughable. Then again, most know how these illnesses are arrived at, and for those that don't, here's a good place to start. In brief, in the 1800s  seven categories of mental health were distinguished: mania, melancholia, monomania, paresis, dementia, dipsomania, and epilepsy. By 1952 the first edition of the DSM was written. Fast forward to the year 2000 and work began on the fifth version. It's a bit like a movie franchise that keeps churning out follow-ups. Jaws, Jaws II, Jaws III etc.

I don't know who came up with the title of the book (manual) but it clearly shows how people with problems in their life are seen by the American Psychiatric Association, who create task forces to update each version of the DSM. They do this by a show of hands. For example, all the problems below were voted into existence. No tests were carried out, just discussion. The list below isn't all of the 'disorders' that have been voted on and some are subtypes of 'disorders' already in place. Be sure to click on each disorder for a description of what it means, or what the APA task force wants you to believe it means.

Most of the 'disorders' can and should be debunked as nothing but the imagination of white privileged gentlemen who want to impress their peers, moreover, want to keep the sham going. One has to bear in mind that all the 'disorders' below are alleged mental problems and all, according to the field of psychiatry, are manageable with 'treatment.' There's an awful amount of brain pellets ready to be prescribed, folks. Contrast the 7 disorders that were agreed upon in the 1800s with the modern-day (DSM-5) list below. For example, there are now 10 'disorders', but those are just the ones that begin with the letter 'A'. You and/or someone you know may just be abnormal.



adjustment disorder - the presence of emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to an identifiable stressor(s) occurring within 3 months of the onset of the stressor(s)

attention deficit disorder - a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(See ADD)

avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder - an eating or feeding disturbance (e.g., apparent lack of interest in eating or food; avoidance based on the sensory characteristics of food

autism spectrum disorder - persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts

acute stress disorder - the diagnosis of ASD can only be considered from 3 days to one month following a traumatic event (commonly referred to as the acute phase).

antisocial personality disorder - a person with ASPD may present "with psychopathic features" if he or she exhibits "a lack of anxiety or fear and a bold, efficacious interpersonal style

amphetamine-type substance use disorder - a person who takes a substance in larger amounts and/or over a longer period than the patient intended.

alcohol use disorder - alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, into a single disorder called alcohol use disorder (AUD) with mild, moderate, and severe sub-classifications.

avoidant personality disorder - a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation


bipolar disorder - a lifelong illness. Episodes of mania and depression eventually can occur again if you don't get treatment

bipolar disorder I - involves periods of severe mood episodes from mania to depression.

bipolar disorder II - a milder form of mood elevation, involving milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with periods of severe depression

body dysmorphic disorder - a relatively common mental health condition in which a person experiences excessive anxiety about a perceived defect in their physical appearance

binge eating disorder - a treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food

borderline personality disorder - a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others

BPD (2)
brief psychotic disorder - an uncommon psychiatric condition characterized by sudden and temporary periods of psychotic behavior

bipolar disorder not otherwise specified - may be used when symptoms are consistent with bipolar disorder but fall short of a definitive diagnosis


cognitive disorder - a category of mental health disorders that primarily affect cognitive abilities

CD (2)
conduct disorder - a serious behavioral and emotional disorder that can occur in children and teens

caffeine-induced anxiety disorder -  a psychiatric disorder linked to the aggravation and maintenance of anxiety disorders, and the initiation of panic or anxiety attacks in those who are already predisposed to such phenomena

caffeine-induced sleep disorder - a psychiatric disorder that results from overconsumption of the stimulant caffeine

circadian rhythm sleep disorder - a family of sleep disorders which affect the timing of sleep.

childhood-onset fluency disorder -  stuttering — also called stammering or childhood-onset fluency disorder — is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech

cannabis use disorder - problematic marijuana use

CUD (2)
cocaine use disorder - problematic cocaine use

To be continued...

Bob Fiddaman



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