An excellent perspective on diseases seldom understood:
“Please write something from a medical perspective about anxious people who worry every little thing is some serious disease.” — reQuest 2018
This is quite a brilliant and timely question.
The DSM V was published on May 18, 2013. This is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5, and it redefines various disorders. For example, opiate dependence has disappeared and so has opiate addiction. Instead, there is one diagnosis: opiate overuse syndrome. Which really combines both opiate addiction and opiate dependence and makes it a spectrum.
The DSM V drops hypochondriasis. Wait, you say, that diagnosis no longer exists? Well, yes, correct. So the diagnoses are made up? Yes, as my daughter says, “All the words are made up.” So psychiatry changes and the diagnosis definitions change and some diagnoses disappear. Medicine is like the Oregon Dunes, really. The information is changing daily. I…
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