Modern psychiatry has become a hotbed of corruption, particularly the kind that seeks to demonize and declare mentally ill anyone who deviates from what is regarded as the norm. This is abundantly evident in the latest installment of the industry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which dubs people who do not conform to what those in charge declare to be normal as mentally insane.
The so-called "condition" for why a person might choose to resist
conformity has been labeled by the psychiatric profession as
"oppositional defiant disorder," or ODD. The new DSM defines this
made-up disease as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and
defiant behavior," and also lumps it in alongside attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, another made-up condition whose
creator, Dr. Leon Eisenberg, admitted it to be phony on his death bed.
As you might suspect from this type of open-ended description, almost
any personal behavior perceived by someone else to be undesirable or
strange might be categorized as symptomatic of ODD. Children who throw
temper tantrums or fight with their siblings, for instance, might be
declared to have this supposed mental illness, as might children who
express disagreement with their parents or teachers.
Disobedience and defiance are common behaviors among young children, and
parents have long dealt with such behaviors by exercising proper
discipline. At the same time, not all forms of disobedience and defiance
are wrong, depending on the authority involved and the action
petitioned. A child who is told by his teacher to keep his unpopular
opinions to himself, for instance, and who resists this order might
simply be exercising his freedom to express disagreement.
that’s the problem with categorizing conditions like ODD so loosely, as
virtually any uncommon behavior can be declared to be oppositional or
defiant simply because it bucks the status quo. Famous minds of the past
like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, for instance, whose
unconventional ideas might have seemed crazy in their day, are the types
of folks who today might be declared to have ODD or some other type of
An even greater danger to using this subjective
approach in the diagnosis of mental illness is that it threatens to
curtail freedom of speech and political dissent. The federal government
has already tried to declare those who oppose its tyrannical policies,
or who simply question them, as having "political paranoia," a type of
Characterizing non-conformity as ’mental illness’ a hallmark of totalitarian government