Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Shyness and grieving to be classified as mental illnesses in controversial new reforms


Sweet: But childhood shyness could be classified as a mental disorder as the editors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders prepare for a fifth edition

‘It will pathologise a range of problems which should never be thought of as mental illnesses. Many who are shy, bereaved, eccentric, or have unconventional romantic lives will suddenly find themselves labelled as “mentally ill”’

– Peter Kinderman, head of the Institute of Psychology, University of Liverpool

Childhood shyness could be reclassified as a mental disorder under controversial new guidelines, warn experts.

They also fear that depression after bereavement and behaviour now seen as eccentric or unconventional will also become ‘medicalised’.

Internet addiction and gambling might also become forms of illness.

Daily Mail | Feb 9, 2012

By Jenny Hope

The threat comes in the form of proposed changes to a U.S. manual of mental disorders, viewed as a bible by some in the field.

Although the changes to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders would not directly affect clinical practice here – where doctors tend to use different guidelines – experts say it would eventually influence thinking.

Millions of people, including Britons, could be given a psychiatric diagnosis which could ruin their lives, warn psychiatrists and psychologists here.

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Shyness, grieving soon to be classified as mental illness

The DSM5 changes are also opposed by many experts in the U.S., some of whom claim they reflect efforts by drug companies to sell more products.

Simon Wessely, of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, said: ‘We need to be very careful before further broadening the boundaries of illness and disorder.

‘Back in 1840 the census of the United States included just one category for mental disorder.

‘By 1917 the American Psychiatric Association recognised 59, rising to 128 in 1959, 227 in 1980, and 347 in the last revision. Do we really need all these labels?

‘Probably not. And there is a real danger that shyness will become social phobia, bookish kids labelled as Asperger’s and so on.’

Peter Kinderman, head of the Institute of Psychology, University of Liverpool, said: ‘It will exacerbate problems that result from trying to fit a medical, diagnostic, system to problems that just don’t fit nicely into those boxes.

‘It will pathologise a range of problems which should never be thought of as mental illnesses. Many who are shy, bereaved, eccentric, or have unconventional romantic lives will suddenly find themselves labelled as “mentally ill”.

‘This isn’t valid, isn’t true, isn’t humane.’

Paraphilic Coercive Disorder – becoming aroused by sexual coercion – is one condition proposed for inclusion in DSM5. Professor Kinderman said there was a danger that rapists diagnosed with it would use it as an excuse.

He added that there were ‘huge concerns’ about the changes, which are opposed by the British Psychological Society.

Other experts say the guidelines will straitjacket clinicians into ‘ticking boxes’ that lead to a proscribed diagnosis. Dr Felicity Callard, of King’s College, warned: ‘People’s lives can be altered profoundly – and sometimes ruinously – by being given a psychiatric diagnosis.’

Among the U.S. psychiatrists against the changes is Allen Frances, of Duke University, North Carolina.

He warned: ‘DSM5 will radically and recklessly expand the boundaries of psychiatry. Many millions will receive inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatment.’

David Elkins, of Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, said individuals could be ‘labelled with a mental disorder for life and many will be treated with powerful psychiatric drugs’.

Defenders of the American Psychiatric Association guidelines say they will make diagnosis more accurate and scientific.

Bilderberg steering committee member is Ron Paul’s biggest campaign donor


Ron Paul and Peter Thiel (Getty Images)

“There’s nothing to fear from globalism, free trade and a single worldwide currency.”

– Ron Paul, Congressional Record, March 13, 2001

Ron Paul’s Biggest Donor A Bilderberger!

ology.com | Feb 9, 2012

By Noah Rothman

Oh the irony of it all. On Wednesday, it was disclosed that well known technology investor Peter Thiel is the biggest donor to Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s Super PAC. Theil, a wealthy international financier is also a gay libertarian and, wait for it, a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group! … (Here is a tissue so you can get that Ron Paul supporter brains that just exploded all over you out of your shirt. I should have warned you first. Sorry.)

Thiel contributed a significant $900,000 to a pro-Paul Super PAC “Endorse Liberty.” On Tuesday, the PAC disclosed that it has raised $3.9 million to date.

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The Bilderberg Group is a perennial favorite of the conspiratorially minded, new world order, trilateral commission types. Ron Paul, while not a vocal advocate of such conspiracy theories, certainly does little to dispel such notions among his supporters.

Indeed, as a regular guest of Alex Jones’ conspiracy-focused radio program, some of his supporters can be forgiven for thinking he held these views himself. Today’s news should dispel his supporters of such notions.

Paul himself said that he has no idea what the Bilderberger Group gathers annual to discuss but it may include “how they’re going to control the banking systems of the world and natural resources.”

Thiel is a major tech investor with an estimated worth of $1.7 billion and a famous libertarian – he has aided foundations that encourage students to drop out of college in order to promote entrepreneurial ventures among young people and “seasteading,” an organization which promotes learning on the high seas in modified floating colleges governed only by maritime custom law.

The Bilderberger Group, named for the famous Dutch hotel where the group meets annually, is a secretive organization of wealthy and influential business leaders that conspiracy theorists believe exercises major influence over the world’s leaders from behind the scenes.

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Peter Thiel

In Silicon Valley circles, Thiel is colloquially referred to as the “Don of the PayPal Mafia”.

In 2007, he was honored as a Young Global leader by the World Economic Forum as one of the 250 most distinguished leaders age 40 and under.

In February 2006 Thiel provided $100,000 of matching funds to back the Singularity Challenge donation drive of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Additionally he joined the Institute’s advisory board and participated in the May 2006 Singularity Summit at Stanford.

Peter Thiel and Transhumanism

Thiel is listed as a member of the Steering Committee of The Bilderberg Group, a controversial group of influential business and government leaders who meet annually behind closed doors under a media blackout to discuss world issues.

Ron Paul talks about the Bilderberg Group


*More complete information on Peter Thiel, the Transhumanist Bilderberg Surveillance State financier for Ron Paul