Category:Mental disorders

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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have never been classified as mental disorders or mental illness. The World Health Organization classifies both as neurological diseases, and they do not appear in the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (DSM).[1] However, ME/CFS is often poorly understood and can be mistaken for a mental health condition involving "unhelpful illness beliefs" and "behavioral symptoms".

Any person can develop a mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, including people with ME/CFS.

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Health anxiety, Martha Mitchell effect, Personality traits and patient attitudes in ME/CFS

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) - A psychiatric reference book published by the American Psychiatric Association, often referred to as "the psychiatrist's Bible". Although the most recent version (DSM-5) purports to be the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders, the editors of both previous versions of the manual have heavily criticized the current version due to the climate of secrecy that shrouded the development of the latest version. 69% of the people who worked on DSM-5 reported having ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Allen Frances, who headed the development of the previous version, warned of dangerous unintended consequences such as new false 'epidemics'. The British Psychological Society criticized DSM-5 diagnoses as "clearly based largely on social norms, with 'symptoms' that all rely on subjective judgements" and expressed a major concern that "clients and the general public are negatively affected by the continued and continuous medicalisation of their natural and normal responses to their experiences". A petition signed by over 13,000 mental health professionals stated that the lowered diagnostic thresholds in DSM-5, combined with entirely subjective criteria based on western social norms, would "lead to inappropriate medical treatment of vulnerable populations". The director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, pointed out that the diagnoses in DSM-5 had no scientific validity whatsoever. (Learn more:

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