Addiction Diagnoses May Increase With New Guidelines

2 Tim 3:1-3 Pero darse cuenta de esto, que en los últimos días vendrán tiempos difíciles. Porque habrá hombres amadores de sí mismos, avaros, jactancioso, arrogante, maldicientes, desobedientes a los padres, ingrato, impío, sin amor, irreconciliable, calumniadoras, sin autodominio, brutal, aborrecedores de lo bueno, traicionero, temerario, engreído, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…

“The sin and moral stench of our society is almost too shocking to categorize anymore.” Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”

Psychiatrists and other mental health specialists who are revising the industry’s main mental health manual are poises to reclassify additions in a way that will result in millions more people being labeled as addicts, according to a New York Times report released today.

The revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.) expands recognized symptoms for drug and alcohol addition and reduces the required number of symptoms for a diagnosis. Además, gambling would be considered an addiction for the first time.

También, a category labeled “Behavorial addiction – not otherwise specified” could be used to diagnose addictions to behaviors like sex, pornography, compulsive shopping, internet use or video games.

Government and industry have long used the manual. Courts use the manual in assessing defendants for criminal trials, it dictates if Medicare or Medicaid will pay for treatment of a disorder and whether schools will expand special-education programs.

The changes are currently under scientific review but researchers involved say it’s unlikely significant changes will be made to the proposed manual changes.

 

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