Top 10 Contestable Mental Disorders

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6. Dissociative personality disorder

A few decades ago, this condition was known as multiple personality disorder and was quite popular, thanks to the book and later on, TV series like Sybil. Regardless of what it is called today, many mental health professionals believe that the idea of multiple personalities or of a dissociative personality actually is based on a simple misunderstanding. Simply put, this pseudo-condition mirrors the good intentions of some psychiatrists who try to convince patients that their problems are due to multiple personalities (created by various emotional states).


7. Sex addiction


f you were to ask mental health experts about this syndrome, they will all give the following informal response: sex addiction is most likely an efficient Hollywood practice that is meant to draw the media’s attention towards washed up stars. The sex addiction as defined so far represents an obsession that takes full control of a person, who will inevitable think of and pursue the sexual activity in spite of the negative consequences involved. An interesting aspect of sex addiction consists of the fact that the patients typically claim that the only result of their behaviors is shame rather than satisfaction.


8. Dysaethesia Aethiopica

The “abnormal Ethiopian perception”, as this condition is translated sometimes, has its roots in a shameful period of human history when slavery was considered normal. The truth about this so called mental disorder did not make any sense then and it surely does not make any sense now. To summarize, the condition was specific to the free black people of the time and its symptoms consisted of laziness and friskiness. Apparently, the only way to treat the condition included a whipping session, for which the patient would have been very grateful.


9. Drapetomania

Drapetomania is another pseudo-disorder that can be traced back to the time of legal slavery, when the popular belief was that the Bible dictates all (black) slaves should obey their (white) masters. According to the man who “discovered” it, this disorder describes an inexplicable mental condition, which sits at the very rationale of why the slaves choose to flee captivity. The explanation for how the mental condition developed implies that some masters were so friendly and familiar that the slaves started believing they have equal rights. Similar to Dysaethesia Aethiopica, curing the condition necessitated several whipping sessions.


10. Bipolar disorder in children

If you were to account for the difficulty of diagnosing the bipolar disorder in adults, then it is easy to comprehend why the idea of the same condition in children is doubtful and contested. Granted, numerous psychiatrists report an alarming increase in the number of children they diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past couple of years. On the other hand, the American Psychiatry Association suggests that this trend can be linked to the methods of diagnoses, rather than a new childhood mental issue. In addition, APA also promised to apply the necessary modification in the next DSM edition, so that kids will not be diagnosed based on a symptomatology that has nothing to do with their demographics.


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