From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul> Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:30:42 -0400 Archived: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:50:36 -0400 Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:01:17 +0100 >Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary >Contributors to and readers of this thread might like to >consider the following points: <snip> >I would draw particular attention to the concept of 'nuisance' >in all of this. When issues of mental illness are raised in >connection with highly unusual experiences, it is always worth >standing back from the bare facts of the experience and pausing >to consider this factor and the ways it which can affect what is >reported, how (or whether) it is reported, and resultant responses. Just to add more grist to the mill, it should also be understood that Mental Illness in the medical community is defined by the DSM-IV: From: http://allpsych.com/disorders/dsm.html "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) Psychiatric Diagnoses are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th. Edition. Better known as the DSM-IV, the manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. It also lists known causes of these disorders, statistics in terms of gender, age at onset, and prognosis as well as some research concerning the optimal treatment approaches. Mental Health Professionals use this manual when working with patients in order to better understand their illness and potential treatment and to help 3rd party payers (e.g., insurance) understand the needs of the patient. The book is typically considered the ‘bible’ for any professional who makes psychiatric diagnoses in the United States and many other countries. Much of the diagnostic information on these pages is gathered from the DSM IV. The DSM IV is published by the American Psychiatric Association. Much of the information from the Psychiatric Disorders pages is summarized from the pages of this text. Should any questions arise concerning incongruencies or inaccurate information, you should always default to the DSM as the ultimate guide to mental disorders. The DSM uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing because rarely do other factors in a person's life not impact their mental health. It assesses five dimensions as described below:" As you note, there are many who suffer from a mile "Mental Illness" and most don't reach the level of being defined as "ill" by the DSM-IV. But as pointed out by others, the entire field of Psychology is built on a foundation of theories that often evolve from the bottom up, making the field highly suspect in many ways. Steve Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
[ Next Message | Previous Message | This Day's Messages ]
This Month's Index |
UFO UpDates - Toronto - Operated by Errol Bruce-Knapp