The most frequently used DSM diagnosis “axis” is the one which says “mild adjustment disorder” because no one wants the STIGMA on their record of whatever they are really seeing a shrink for and “adjustment disorder” is the most innocuous. I was fascinated by the DSMIII-R (which is what it was called in the late 1980s) simply because it seemed fascinating to try to catalog all of human behavior in Aristotelian fashion in something like Aquinas’s Summa Theologica or the Roman Catholic Catechism (which is 900 plus pages!) Oh, and the big deal that DSM DECLASSIFIED homosexuality as a disorder but then they turned around later and reclassified it somehow.


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