Experts Redefine Crazy, Include 'Binge-Eating'
And Asperger's joins the autistic spectrum
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Binge-eating is now its own psychiatric disorder.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The American Psychiatric Association wrapped up a 13-year edit of its highly influential book of mental disorders this weekend. Full details of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—known as DSM—will emerge in May, but Time reports on the biggest changes:

  • Asperger's syndrome will lose its independent status and become part of the autistic spectrum. The controversy: Asperger's is less severe than autism, and parents fear the loss of diagnosis will mean children with Asperger's won't qualify for special services, reports CBS.

  • Binge-Eating Disorder will be labeled a full-blown illness. This will create a new market for professionals to treat the ailment and receive insurance reimbursement. It also raises the question of whether downing a pint of Haagen-Dazs is a sign of depression or a distinct disorder.
  • Bereavement can be considered depression. Skeptics have long complained that the APA's definition of depression is too expansive; now psychiatrists will be allowed to consider grief over a lost loved one as a form of depression.
  • Children who frequently flip out may have DMDD—disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Critics say it's only normal for kids to have outbursts, but the APA contends that DMDD will help avoid over-diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children.
  • Not in the new DSM: sex addiction. Many APA members wanted it, but "there evidence just wasn't there," says an APA board member.
Click for two more DSM additions: skin-picking disorder and hoarding.

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Dec 20, 2012 5:54 PM CST
making sense of the world of eminem..thats a mental illness. layin round outside in the cold due to lack of interest or intrigye to be around 100 or so other homeless, thats a decision. A woman and the guys, yeah yeah I'de totally do her, I'm that cat thats out of whacks and shit for thinking, uh uh, but she will, she'll get it on with him and him and him. Aging, now, afterwards, past those 100.s of weeks, because 100 can go by quick, see: memories, these chicks and their hot memories. when your'e like me and started circkling the personals at age of fifteen and start visiting these girls, or older women, and have done that and are on an honest count of around definitely less than a hundred, its not jealousy its some routine. Explicit, involvement, where has that been, touch it with an oven mitt, or just sad and ridiculous statements of not getting it. Wanting it, but its all up to the other kids, and however many lovers she has decided to experiment with. Whats that government twin bullshit? whats this Mister Equal, like look at my dad and what he did shit? his credit card and the places he goes to charge. his kid and the benefits of going into: where dude? oh you wouldn't put yopu and who and her and who there? thanks be to god right? plus, when this tough time of revelation and doing nothing just sits in existance and I have to NOT say please god don't let me be raped, please god don't let some freaky event make me live like this for all of the rest of my life, and NOT do that in church because its not sane. its not normal. This is a place where the criminals have been identified will be identified, oh and I can't hurt a fly, but would love to have some sort of authority, because it seems that there is a majority of AMERICANS driving and living for some reason and I'm different from them, but not him, and not him.This is some bodies fault and it is somebodies preferences.
Dec 5, 2012 1:52 AM CST
and psychiatrist had labeled homosexuality a mental disease..whatever they collectively decide is "crazy" or not is purely their opinion..psychiatrist are nothing more than drug dealers
Dec 4, 2012 8:14 AM CST
Psychiatry is nothing more than faux-science. It's a bunch of intellectuals who think that they know better than everyone else, when in fact they know nothing. Remember slpit personality? It too 50 years for their first case to admit that it was all made up to gain attantion. In the mean time every shrink out there jumped on this made up band wagon. I put psychiatrists in the same class was sociologists, anthropologists and other whack-meat intellectuals who couldn't hold a job at McDonalds.