Dissenters are insane, and other psychobabble

The latest issue (5th Edition) of the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defined a new mental illness, the so-called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD.

Apparently the definition of this new mental illness essentially amounts to declaring any non-conformity and questioning of authority as a form of insanity. According to the manual, ODD is defined as:

[…] an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

And the “good news” is that there are “treatments” available.

Well I just got annoyed….

DSM-5 also says certain internet users are mentally ill and that’s grounds for gun confiscation. By some vague set of criteria, if someone is judged to spend too much time on the internet they could be judged to be mentally ill and ineligible to own a gun.

Every time a new issue of the DSM appears, the number of mental disorders grows – and this growth is exponential. A century ago there were essentially 7 disorders, 80 years ago there were 59, 50 years ago there were 130, and by 2010 there were 374 (77 of which were “found” in just seven years).

In other words, the psychobabblers are just inventing problems to keep themselves at work or in the spotlight, just like a crooked mechanic fakes problems with your car so he can charge you to “fix” them.

Meanwhile, some parents, educators and child psychiatrists worry that teaching children to attack or defend against an active shooter could traumatize young kids.

Dr. Laura Montgomery-Barefield, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, questioned the possible effects of making kids hypervigilant about the unlikely (her opinion) event of an active shooter, saying “Trauma affects everybody, and the perception of potential trauma can be as significant as trauma. Historically, school has been the safe place. If nothing is safe anymore, what does that do to our children? If we buy into the fact that school is not safe, then nothing is safe.”

“If we buy into the fact that school is not safe, then nothing is safe.” Gee, I think you figured it out.

The National Association of School Psychologists has cautioned schools against using extreme security measures, saying that even metal detectors and security guards have been shown to increase students’ fear of crime and cause them to feel less safe at school.

Montgomery-Barefield said schools should “have more discussion about tolerance rather than spending all this money on intolerance.”

I’m not sure where to start on this one. But a couple of points:

  • I’m a lot more interested in kids or anyone else BEING safe than FEELING safe.
  • How does the “trauma” of thinking about safety or seeing safety measure in place compare to the TRAUMA of you and your friends being all shot up to death and seeing that no one can do anything to stop it?

I’ll take the armed guards and teachers over the nutball psychobabblers who think we should practice “tolerance.” In fact, I have no tolerance for fools, idiots, or enemies.

When Policeone, the largest private organization of police officers in the US with over 450,000 officers asked its members: “What would help most in preventing large scale shootings in public?” The most common answer was: “More permissive concealed carry policies for civilians.”

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