DSM V - the 5th edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is now available in draft form. This is pretty much the standard manual for mental illnesses and - as mental illnesses have a social element, the categorizations prove controversial
Homosexuality for example used to be classified as a paraphilla in DSM I & II
Fetishests had been campaigning to get some of their paraphilias removed... but to no avail, indeed the manual recognizes a new one - Paraphilic Coercive Disorder, along with controversial old ones such as : Transvestic Fetishism ,Sexual Masochism & Voyeurism.
Addiction to "normal" sex has not yet been categorised as a paraphilia - but they're keeping a watchful eye.
There's also changes to learning disorders - e.g. replacing the controversial term "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" ... and new "moral disorders" e.g. Callous and Unemotional Specifier for Conduct Disorder
What is mad... and what is not is a subject that needs healthy debate - "madness" is often informed by the norms of our time.... are all these disorders madness ?
Ultimately this new manual will cause political and legislative action - so it needs wide debate !
Here's a good overview news story:
Big Changes for Psychiatrist's 'Bible'
Here's the proposed draft
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