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    miranda manuel

    I have really enjoyed this article. My first attention was drow to the marital statement for better ‘or’ for worse. I have a simular affective reaction to ‘2 become 1′ it in no way differentiates you from the other… I much rather see the ying and yang symbol of together yet apart, some boundries harder than others always fluent..
    I understood the first section about how people with the label narcicism, really just crave for love and attention and validation like any other person we try to support.
    The manipulation example was another strike, where is that line, the differents between creating what you want in a win win situation…, or do we label it manipulation.
    I today assisted in a circle talk with +- 15 year old girls about bullying..
    gossip was a big aspect that surfaced in the discussion.. And than i wondered where is the line between, communicating, sharing information to resolve issues. Especially us girls we talk to resolute, we love it.!. Then when big high school issues arrive, we shouldn’t discuss it.. It is secret.. it is gossip..
    The great thing was that we came to explore the label and the function and left with food for thought about the difference between talking to others to inflict pain on another or with the function of resolving issues, sharing.. It is Great and needed to communicate and state your view with the right intention..

    I can also see however how convienient it is to have general titles of symptoms added to the personal profile and context of each individual..

    So thanks Gordon, it was a pleasure reading it :]

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    I have personal experience with misdiagnosis or incomplete case pictures. I think one of the worse diagnosis is Facticious Disorder and Malingering, of the later being a clinical opinion only briefly stated in the DSM and not an offical diagnois. This is besides the fact that FD is a clinical judgment of the conscience.

    The second worst diagnosis is Bodily Distress Syndrome of which psychosomatic/somatisization/somataform family of disorders accounts for another difficult are to differentiate from real medical disorders and real psychiatric disorders.

    I agree that their is a tight connection between mind, body and the gut. Their has even been a book published called Psychology for Medicine (for resident or practicing MD’s) to assit in real-life scenarios of psychosomaticism.

    But where is that dividing line and threshold?

    If psychologists and psychiatrists have these complex gray areas to navigate, thresholds of disorders to identify, and complex inter-relating, connected, common-sharing phenotypes, we can easily see the DSM is in serious need of more than what the DSM-5 has. Although it’s a step in the right direction with severity scales within spectrums.

    What’s the solution…?

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