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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

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:


>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



"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

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.


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