DSM 5: Mental Illness or Money


DSM 5: Mental Illness or Money

Psychiatry is in dire need of attention. The field lacks science and discipline. DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5) is proof. The new diagnostic classification of mental disorders will increase the number of Americans diagnosed with mental illness based on subjective criteria. These criteria will lead to misdiagnosis of common medical conditions. Currently, women and minorities are about 2-3 times more likely to be misdiagnosed with a mental disorder, as well as die from common treatable medical illnesses compared to white males.

DSM 5 will rename Somatoform Disorders, Somatic Symptom Disorders, eliminating four existing DSM-IV categories while decreasing the threshold for diagnosis of these disorders and others. This change in name and criteria allow hospitals and their employees to categorize all patients who express concern about their health as exhibiting “somatic symptoms,” even those patients with breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and other serious medical and surgical conditions. This is a subjective diagnosis without any objective requirements; any physician can label a patient with this diagnosis based solely on his or her impression—yes, his or her opinion.

Welcome to the world of parentectomy and hysteria! The most dangerous doctors finally have control of our health—God help us all!

Watch for an increase in prescribed psychiatric medications! Patients will be placed on unnecessary psychiatric medications where the risks of adverse reactions are often greater than the benefits in mild to moderate depression.

This change will be a boon to drug companies. Psychiatrists will hold the key. We may see a rise in suicides from adverse drug reactions—and in mass murders, also.

Again, these changes are not based on any reliable scientific evidence. The motives are obvious. As guinea pigs, patients with chronic medical conditions will be stigmatized further and treated with more unnecessary medications. When patients express concern about their illness or disagree with a doctor’s treatment plan, those patients will be conveniently labelled. This is a boon to drug companies—and their new and improved psychiatric medications. Psychiatrists will gain control of patients’ lives and money. Lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy will be in vogue once again.

Hospitals will rule! Hospitals will make money from the increased drug reactions, misdiagnoses, missed diagnoses, and involuntary hospital stays. For clues, look at what is going on now. Currently, too many doctors dismiss or trivialize patients’ concerns, especially if labs and X-rays are normal (very few doctors do physical exams or take good histories). Psychiatry will be used to determine difficult patients and challenging cases. Once plugged into Psychiatry, there is no sane return. my_lobotomy-freeman_operating

Be Careful! No one will care when you die from medical errors; your chart will be altered to protect the guilty ones who harmed you.

Take action now before the big boys start making money. Big businesses will not care about abuse, negligence or wrongful death at the hands of hospitals and their employees. The government and their regulatory agencies will not care either. All will think you are mental, and that is as far as any investigation will go.

Failure to listen and act now will be bad for your health.

What do you think of DSM 5?



DSM 5 - Money

For more information:

1.  Somatic Symptom Disorder could capture millions more under mental health diagnosis – http://dxrevisionwatch.com/2012/05/26/somatic-symptom-disorder-could-capture-millions-more-under-mental-health-diagnosis/

2.  Mislabeling Medical Illness As Mental Disorder: The Eleventh DSM-5 Mistake – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/mislabeling-medical-illne_b_2265198.html


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

6 thoughts on “DSM 5: Mental Illness or Money

  1. This is great work, Dr. Grant.
    Did you ever hear of the Mental Patient’s Liberation Front? I think it was formed in Cambridge in the early 1970s, don’t know how long it lasted but I know the group had some really impressive achievements.

    1. Hi Claire, I am not familiar with the group. One thing I have noticed is that the medical profession stigmatizes mental illness more than the general public. Not sure why; however, I think medical education and residency programs need to adopt protocols on interpersonal interactions– protocol that provide a roadmap of humanity for medical providers and also competence: skill and knowledge of medicine.

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