May 6, 2012

YEAH, BUT IF THERE ARE NORMAL PEOPLE THEN THERE ARE ABNORMAL ONES:

Is anybody normal any more? (MARGARET WENTE, 5/05/12,  Globe and Mail)

Are you ever worried that you (or a loved one) have mental problems that require professional attention? If not, then maybe you should be. Consider the following list of symptoms:

- Do you binge out on forbidden foods [Häagen-Dazs, Cheetos] more than a couple of times a month?
- Were you extremely sad and depressed for a month or two after your mother died, or even longer?
- Does your seven-year-old have frequent temper tantrums?
- Do you get cranky before your period?
- Are you forgetting more things than you used to?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, beware. Taken from the top, these behaviours could be symptoms of: Binge Eating Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (or possibly an even more serious condition, Child Bipolar Disorder), Premenstrual Attention Deficit Disorder, and Mild Neurocognitive Disorder. All of these conditions could wind up in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), due out next year.


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Posted by at May 6, 2012 9:33 AM
  

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