With changing times come changing social patterns and different behavior traits. So much so, psychiatrists worldwide are to give official labels to dozens of new mental disorders. Many such mood disorders and personality traits are likely to be added to the next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a book which is considered the psychiatrists’ bible for more than 50 years.
According to The Times, when it is finally published in 2013, it will contain some of the following diagnoses which are present in the draft copy:
Hypersexuality– the desire for multiple partners, as characterised by Tiger Woods.
Absexuality- also called the “Mary Whitehouse Syndrome” after the campaigner who declared war on pornography on TV; to denote the thrill of being appalled by smut and other obscenities.
Relational Disorder – a condition when 2 people – usually a separating couple – struggle to get on together.
Negativistic Personality Disorder – people who whinge constantly.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – also known as adult tantrums and best exemplified by road-rage and domestic abuse.
Many will not begrudge psychiatrists from giving new labels to ‘new’ mental disorders, but critics believe that with more new labels, there will be many more new business for those in private practice, as well as the possibility of exploitation for profit by drug companies..
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