In his latest book, The Social Disorder: America’s Social Disorder, political scientist Christopher K. Bickham argues that a number of aspects of America’s public health system have contributed to the nation’s social ills.
Bickson has written that the country’s mental health crisis has “gone largely unnoticed by many people” and that “social justice has become the new normal.”
The American Society of Addiction Medicine recently issued a report which concluded that the US “lacks an understanding of and willingness to address” the social psychiatric challenges facing America’s residents.
Bickingham also argues that the “social disorder” is not a new phenomenon and has been around for decades.
The American Psychiatric Association, the US medical body which defines mental health disorders, has long been supportive of the social disorder concept.
A recent article in the American Journal of Psychiatry reported that in 2014, the American Psychiatric Society, the group which regulates the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, “declined to remove mental disorders from the DSM-5.”
However, the association did say in its 2016 statement that it “continues to endorse the DSM as the primary source for diagnosing mental disorders.”
“In general, the DSM has remained a useful resource for psychiatrists, researchers and policymakers,” according to the American Psychological Association, “and the DSM is used by many to define mental disorders in their practice.”
The DSM-V revised the definition of mental disorder in 2017, stating that “any mental disorder that is neither a psychiatric illness nor a comorbid medical condition” can be classified as a mental disorder.
Bickyhans book, however, argues that this classification is misleading and that it was not based on a “scientifically sound, objective definition of ‘social disorder’.” The book states that “the social disorder of the 21st century is not one that was invented in the 1950s, nor has it always been seen as a problem in the United States.
Rather, the social disorders of our times are the result of a social environment” that is “often poorly understood and often exacerbated by a system that fails to recognize and address the social and psychological illnesses that exist in society today.”
Bickinghans argument that social disorders are not a problem “is particularly telling because it illustrates the difficulty in defining and diagnosing these disorders,” he wrote in the book.
BICKHAM’S BOOK THE SOCIOPATHIC SYMPTOMS OF THE US CONDEMNED BY THE MIND A large majority of Americans have not heard of the term “social psychiatry” or “psychiatric illness” as a medical term, Bickhans study has found.
The book, entitled The Social disorder: America s Social Disorder, argues “that the DSM was created as a tool for diagnos ing mental illnesses but has evolved to include many other mental disorders, including social psychiatries and mental illnesses.”
Bickbans book makes the case that psychiatry is an institution that does not serve the public well, but instead is a tool of social .
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