The DSM V is coming out and it looks like a disaster. Even Mother Jones (far left rag) and subject matter experts in the field think it is way overreaching.
I am a big fan of treatment, including outpatient commitment, for people with serious mental illnesses. Thinks like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and so on are actual diseases which respond to medication and a highly structured environment. While most of these people are sick and not dangerous, if they don't take their medication they can become very dangerous to themselves or others either through violence or negligence.
However, a lot of the little stuff is BS. "Oppositional-defiant" disorder counts as a learning disability. That basically means "Johnny has authority issues and yells at the teacher and throws tantrums." "ADD" is hugely diagnosed, and basically seems to describe the normal behavior of many young boys. And "depression" is often part of "grief;" dealing with loss is part of being human.
I personally know seven people who died in combat zones. The first batch of deaths were a big shock and I was unsettled for awhile. After initial contact with the mental health world, I made the choice to deal with it on my own and with some off the record counseling, and I think that was a wise one. I am now a stronger, more resilient person and I'm not hooked on crazy drugs with many unknown side effects. It turns out that knowing young people who die violently is a traumatic experience that requires time and reflection to process. Grief is part of being human, and there's no easy way to deal with it immediately. You can't pop a pill to grow through difficult life experiences overnight.
Personally, if someone is (A) not suicidal and (B) not suffering from a chronic serious life-debilitating credible mental illness (like schizophrenia, bipolar, etc) then I would not suggest seeking "on the record" mental health care. I personally am not willing to go anywhere or talk to anyone where a permanent record, either paper or electronic, is made. There are other good options like talking to a faith adviser, seeking off-the-record counseling, working on the "whole person" issues (physical fitness, good social network, etc) to try before going down the shrink route, in my opinion. The information is being warehoused for who knows what future purpose (it may start with gun rights, but I suspect other civil liberties will be chopped for "mentally ill" people in the future), the new DSM-V is so expansive that everyone can be defined as crazy for normal life experiences like stress or grief, and the medication continues to have significant side effects.
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