A US. News article by John Leo deals with all the new psychiatric disorders which are being invented. Apparently "road rage" is soon to be an official disorder. There is the caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, the Internet addiction disorder (LGD) and GAD, the general anxiety disorder which psychiatrists say afflicts 5% of the population. These are only a few of the 374 official disorders that psychiatrists say hit half of all Americans. The author says, "Psychiatrists are busy broadening definitions and lowering thresholds so that much of the other half will be listed as disordered too. The clearest current example is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a label now being applied to many perfectly healthy small boys who bother school officials by behaving badly in class." The drug makers obviously love it. Make no mistake about it, through their faulty perceptions, manufactured illnesses and drug dispensing, psychiatrists have great power in this land.
Steve Van Nattan-- Editor: Balaam's Ass Speaks-- We have identified a new mental illness. It is suffered by deranged Psychiatrists. The early symptoms are seen as the Psychiatrist gets a glassy stare in his eyes while listening to a patient tell of his financial problems. The Psychiatrist next shows agitation as he hears of all the ways the patient is spending money. Finally, the Psychiatrist wanders the room stroking his small beard and talking of ways to help the patient to be more controlled about spending his money. This is followed by a prescription for several mind altering drugs, after which the Psychiatrist hands the patient a bill for $300. He tells the patient that as he pays the bill, his troubles will all go away. We have named this disorder, "Munchcash Syndrome by Proxy." "By proxy" stands for the collection agency which shows up later to collect the $300 by threat.