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A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder

 

It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. 

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1619629

 

Richard Bentall is a famous British psychologist.

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The actual subtle implication are that : the slave class should not be allowed to be happy and have fulfilling lives. They must serve and obey. The movie Equilibrium comes to mind.

 

I think psychiatrists try to implement everything as a disorder. I wonder whether conducting irrelevant research or proposing ideas could be labeled as?.

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I think I suffer from this disorder. I also think the article reads as if it is tongue-in-cheek. Or maybe that's just how I percieve it due to my impairment.

 

 

That abstract just makes me smile, and I can't stop smiling. I must have this disorder!  :D

 

Lol, me too! :)

 

Peace and God bless y'all

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At surface, it looks silly but if you continue to read the article and you have a background of psychology, you may stop and ponder.

First the article tried to define happiness objectively, that is, it is not enough to tell me that you are happy then smile to make me confirm the happiness in you. 

Secondly, the article tried to see what are the factors of happiness: the author listed few ones and excluded wealth.

 

Then the article is studying the hypothesis of disinhibition as the psychological pathology of happiness. Disinhibition happens to those who are high on drugs, who can go naked, who might commit many immoral acts while still in state of visible happiness or euphoria. Also, people with Mania suffer from similar symptoms. They can waste all their wealth on poor or any random person they meet, they also show some disinhibition symptoms.

 

So, when teens report they feel happy to go unrestrained. To drive car in crazy speed or do some other risky activities...i think this is what the article is describing as happiness as disease.

 

Reading the article makes me want to meet Argyle guy.

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@CM, I haven't read the article in full but what teenagers do is termed reckless behaviour. For other states of 'happiness' there are already terms present like mania and uninhibited social behaviour.

I think a better idea would have been a proposal to change/improve the definition of 'happiness' rather than labelling happiness as a disease per se.

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The actual subtle implication are that : the slave class should not be allowed to be happy and have fulfilling lives. They must serve and obey. The movie Equilibrium comes to mind.

 

I think psychiatrists try to implement everything as a disorder. I wonder whether conducting irrelevant research or proposing ideas could be labeled as?.

 

 

You have to be familiar with the author's views to understand his intention.

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To read the entire article, click on the words "Free PMC Article" under the abstact. Underneath the words "Full text" click on each page to read one at a time. Or to get the pdf file downloaded to your device, click on the link "complete article."

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Bismillah

reminded of two things after reading this article

1) what Imam Ali wrote to Ibn Abbas:

"if you attain worldly pomp and pleasures then let not your happiness increase along with every enhancement of such pleasure and if you lose any of these pleasures then do not feel sorry at the loss because you must only feel sorry at the loss of such things as will be of use to you in the next world."

2) "forboding joy" - google it.

Peace

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All classifications of illness include implicit value judgements.  What else could an illness be other than a deviation from a norm that has negative value?  It cant simply be a deviation from a norm because then we would be including all sorts of things as illnesses which aren't, e.g. having ginger hair, having different coloured eyes, having a birth mark, being a carrier of sickle cell trait.

 

What is needed is a value judgement that these deviations from the norm are 'okay' or 'not okay'.  Having cancer is more ''normal'' than being ginger (statistically speaking) but the former is negatively valued (for obvious reasons) so is regarded as an illness and the latter generally isnt. 

 

Note Im not saying its subjective - its possible to be wrong about value.

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We discussed this article in our Psych Assessment class last year. We thought it was absurd! Thank God it's not included in the DSM-5 classification system now. There are, however, other very strange disorders like Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder etc.

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We discussed this article in our Psych Assessment class last year. We thought it was absurd! Thank God it's not included in the DSM-5 classification system now. There are, however, other very strange disorders like Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder etc.

 

The author thinks DSM-5 is very flawed. And many other professionals hold similar views.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201305/the-nimh-withdraws-support-dsm-5

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1303/S00081/international-mental-health-experts-call-for-boycott-of-dsm5.htm

 

He wasn't being serious with that paper.

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