This is alarming (£):
Millions of people risk being labelled as mentally ill under new classifications that have prompted calls for a boycott by psychologists.
Dozens of new disorders have been created in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is due to be published in May following its first major revision since 1994.
The new disorders include Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which includes everyday worries; Minor Neurocognitive Disorder, for normal forgetting in old age; and Behavourial Addictions, which turn much of what people enjoy doing into a mental disorder.
Today a group of psychologists launch an international campaign urging clinicians to boycott the new DSM until it is subjected to independent review.
The one that most bothers me there is 'Behavourial Addictions, which turn much of what people enjoy doing into a mental disorder'. How many people do you know who have 1,400 books about cricket (and it used to be 2,500)? Who have catalogued them all, as well as their 805 jazz albums? Some might even say that the blogging was a behavioural addiction. Could we be sure that they were wrong? And I've mentioned this activity before. Well, now I have two of those.
I've also made another three for my grandchildren. Can you imagine the number of elastic bands that is, collected while out walking? So a bit less of the 'disorder', thank you. I'm very orderly, and anyone can see I'm just doing what I enjoy.