The DSM-IV has updated its definitions of oppositional defiance disorder. One person, Sofo Archon of “The Unbounded Spirit,” warns that such expanding definitions by the DSM might be creating as many “mental illnesses” as they are actually identifying.
In this case, Sofo Archon asks if the oppositional defiance disorder diagnosis is a demonization of what others might simply call a free spirit.
New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases.
And there are treatments available…..
According to the DSM-IV, the diagnosis guidelines for identifying oppositional defiant disorder are for children, but adults can just as easily suffer from the disease. This should give any freethinking American reason for worry.