I am grateful to Mr. Noel Koch at The American Spectator for pointing to the chicanery inherent in the deeply unscientifc theory and practice of 'Psychobabbling' - my word for this particular example of withcraft, not his. Apparently the very latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is about to be published. Did you notice in the photos above of the earlier editions how they keep getting bigger and bigger? Well, part of the reason is that the more you can stuff in it the more cash pours out of it into the gently rubbing together but ever-so sympathetic hands of the psychobabblers!
Thus, according to Mr. Koch, quoting the NYT, under the heading of 'Depression' there is currently no entry for 'bereavement'. Apparently, the psychobabblers are divided over this because whilst some feel that it is normal to feel sad when a loved one dies, others feel it is a pathology requiring treatment, er, for a fee, natch! Still, what's good for psychobabblers is also good for comedians according to Mr. Koch who reminds us that their tired and stale jokes about ladies suffering with PMT (Premenstrual Syndrome) can now be replaced with jokes about PDS (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and whilst you might not be amused the psychobabblers are laughing all the way to the bank. Mr. Koch puts it this way:
It is statistically verifiable that once a behavioral condition, however transitory, is labeled a "disorder" the number of people diagnosed with the "disorder" goes zooming up the charts. Suddenly tens of thousands of people who formerly were reduced to having to pull up their socks and get on with their lives can now lie back on the couch and indulge a "disorder" they didn't previously know they had. That is very gratifying for some personalities and very lucrative for the person who "diagnosed" their disorder.
However, you should not assume that this is all a racket run solely for the benefit of the psychobabblers, oh dear me, no, because lurking off-stage rubbing its hands in eager joy is Big Pharma with a treasure trove of (eye-wateringly expensive) pills that will 'cure' this, that or the other 'disorder'. Unfortunately, some of these pills are slightly too effective in that they have a tendency to kill the patient, or to be precise, they encourage depressions of such magnitude that the patient often kills himself!
In my opinion, all psychobabblers should come with a government health warning!