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New Psychiatry Manual, DSM5, Reclassifies Previously Normal Behaviours as Illnesses

Sue Dunlevy, The Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2013A sad baby girl being hugged by a woman .Screaming toddlers could be classified as having a mental illness and people who eat occasional big meals diagnosed with a binge eating disorder under a controversial new manual for psychiatry. The much-maligned DSM5 also reclassifies normal grief as a major depressive illness and labels those who partake in heavy internet use as possibly having a disorder. In fact, half the Australian population could be classified as mentally ill under the DSM5, being released this weekend amid warnings from experts that it is significantly flawed.

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