DSM5: childhood shyness, bereavement after death could be classified mental disorders

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Tabloids tend to be a bit shrill when reporting on proposed reforms.

    Shyness in a child and depression after bereavement could be classed as mental illness in controversial new reforms
    A growth field, this:
    more at Daily Mail link above
     
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  3. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    Big Pharma at work
     
  4. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    So is there a drug to treat childhood shyness?
     
  5. KathrynL

    KathrynL Active Member

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    I remember drugs for "social anxiety". I saw them on TV commercials. My (now)teen daughter is shy. I just got her a book about why it's okay to be an introvert. IMO, shyness and grief have no place in the DSM.
     
  6. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    BuzzieCat New Member

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  8. blue_the_puppy

    blue_the_puppy Member

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    shyness and social anxiety are two very different things. everyone is shy to a degree, at least in some situations. shy people are that way because its their personality. people who are shy should be taught that its ok and that there are ways to deal with situations in which they are uncomfortable. it should not be pathologized.

    social anxiety is a whole other story. it gets in they way of functioning. it is not shyness, it is far beyond that. it can be treated, with various therapies and sometimes medication.

    all IMO, but i am typing this both as someone who studies child psychology and also someone who has been diagnosed with severe social anxiety.
     
  9. butwhatif?

    butwhatif? New Member

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    I'm eagerly awaiting the 5th edition of the DSM.

    It makes little sense that it's been hinted that other disorders are expected to be downplayed or eliminated, yet they are making normal life issues into disorders. :waitasec:
     

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