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DSM-5 And Imitation

1 We don't need to give a unique name to every combination of symptoms. Named conditions are mostly helpful if "emergent behavior" (a phenomena not easily reduced to a sum of its parts) occurs from the combination of the individual symptoms―or if visible symptoms are highly associated with symptoms that are harder to observe. New disorders being added should have meet the criteria that they either clarify a behavior that cannot be understood by listing the individual symptoms or they help predict other behaviors/symptoms that a patient doesn't list or is not exhibiting at the diagnostic. If people can be treated just as well from the component symptoms that they exhibit in a diagnostic as the named disorder then we haven't made anyone's life easier by giving the list of symptoms a name.

2 When you link symptoms together in a name you get the problem of when people are told to adopt a label based on several symptoms then they start to think that they have all of the symptoms under said label. Principal of imitation―people add to their stories from stories they are exposed too. Call it the "Placebo Effect" or part of the "Scully Effect" if you want. Myers Briggs for personally has a similar problem of people inappropriately identifying with the categories which is one of the many reasons why it's worse at categorizing personality than "big five".


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