The fifth edition of the psychiatrists’ bible—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)— is coming out this month. The changes involve minor tweaking of terms and definitions that have always been rather elusive and malleable… pertaining to the diagnosis of mental disorders—depression, autism, bipolar, and so on.
One complaint about the DSM has always been that disorders have been defined more by consensus among psychiatrists than by objective measurement of symptoms under laboratory conditions.
So… many people—patients as well as health professionals—yearn for a new and transformative DSM that would get more to the neurological, chemical and biological bedrock of symptoms and causes of mental disorders.
With that in mind, this is an excellent opportunity to begin to introduce spiritual influences into psychology and psychiatry—specifically, the presence of many invisible spirits flourishing among us physical humans and their effects on our thoughts and feelings.
It’s just a matter of time before spiritual realities are tossed into the omelet we call modern science, and this could be an opportunity to start cracking the egg.
Other articles about science and the human spirit:
The material mind skews logic to explain consciousness — Science and NDEs — More modern-day epicycles — Foreign-accent syndrome — Measuring maya — Asteroids pummeled Earth for 2 billion years — Exoplanets and the prospect we’re not alone! — Combat killing and the human spirit — Noxious capitalism and the human spirit — Aurora theater tragedy — News in perspective — Pfrankenstein’s monster: big pharma — Preventing that pesky apocalyse — Updating the Therapists’ DSM Bible