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Re: Overdiagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders nolegirl23

Posted by sleepygirl on April 18, 2007, at 20:58:16

In reply to Overdiagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders, posted by nolegirl23 on April 18, 2007, at 20:13:13

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> This is something that I have been thinking about for several days, and I hope that I am able to express my thoughts in such that I adequately convey my thoughts..
> I work with as a parole/probation officer, as such, my views could be biased as I deal with a unique sector of the population. The other day, while in court, I noticed how many offender's identified themselves as being 'bipolar.' Lots of them stated that they have actually been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder by a pdoc. Lots are also on meds for BPD.
> This led me to wonder how many people actually fit the DSM guidelines for BPD, and how many people are diagnosed incorrectly. It just seems that with all of the commericals that advertise psych meds and mental health disorders, are doctors just labeling people as being mentally ill and passing out drugs just to passify the pharmaceudical companies?
> I don't know, it just seems as if more and more people are being labeled with mental disorders, and it seems as if more and more people are being prescribed medications for these disorders.
> Am I right, or just biased based on the population I deal with?
>

well...it is a good question IMHO, there are lots of "extremes" in mood and behavior after all...does one diagnosis cover it all?



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