One important issue that was raised was the idea of diagnosis spreading wider and wider into the population once a diagnosis is made. We’ve seen that happen with bipolar disorder which now has expanded to anyone with even mild mood swings. The “bipolar spectrum” has been born.
And the pathology of sadness, etc. And the pathologizing of normal human behavior!
The piece closes with the presenter saying:
Psychiatry has lowered our threshold for pain and raised the bar for normal. Maybe the expectation that there is a normal is the most insidious disorder of all.
That’s a good one I’m going to remember.