One reader suggests just that. Won't happen. I am self diagnosing here - I am a Pessimist.
Lexington, Mass., March 18, 2013
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New York, March 20, 2013
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When I was a teenager, I embraced a diagnosis given to me by a psychiatrist because I was desperate for an answer to the emotional and existential pain I’d been experiencing for several years. Initially, as Dr. Pies suggests, that diagnosis provided me relief. But that relief was short-lived, for in internalizing that diagnosis, I stopped thinking of my emotions as part of the spectrum of human experience, and instead came to see them as “symptoms” of a “disease.”
Boston, March 20, 2013
New York, March 21, 2013
Responsibility for the stigmatization of large groups of people can partly be laid at our door. Just ask gay people who were around before 1973, when homosexuality was finally removed from the DSM.
New Haven, March 20, 2013
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