1.Psychologists consider the terms “abnormal behavior” and “mental disorder” to be synonyms.
2.Insanity is a legal term that is used neither by psychologists nor by psychiatrists in research or diagnosis.
3.The basic guideline for defining mental disorders is to use the viewpoint of people who are affected by the troubled individual.
4.Mental disorders can lead to self-destructive behavior.
5.Insurance companies require clinicians to assign their clients an appropriate DSM code number for the disorder in order to receive compensation for treatment.
6.Since ADHD has been added to the DSM, the number of ADHD diagnoses in the United States has skyrocketed.
7.ADHD is diagnosed at least ten times as often in Europe as it is in the United States.
8.Critics of the DSM argue that normal boy behaviors, such as being rambunctious, refusing to nap, and not listening to teachers, are being pathologized.
9.Critics of the DSM argue that when a person has been given a diagnosis, other people begin to see that person primarily in terms of the label.
10.Critics feel that the DSM confuses everyday problems with serious disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.