Sunday, February 14, 2010

Health Insurance Costs Increase: One More Reason

"Lost the remote control and can't be bothered to get up to change the channel on the TV? Don't worry, you're not lazy, you simply have sluggish cognitive tempo disorder."

Yup, you're not a "couch potato," you're a "low energy reclining unit."

The American Psychological Association, which compiles and publishes the "Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," even thinks that incessant whining is a mental disorder, worthy of therapy and treatment.

As opposed to just, you know, "dealing with it."

Of course, now that everyday travails merit diagnosis of mental illness, more meds will be dispensed - paid for by your insurance company, increasing utilization and, of course, rates.

Just how valuable are these new diagnoses?

"Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at Bangor University, said: 'Most of these diagnoses are meaningless and have no basis in science.

'But the more disorders there are, the more private business psychiatrists get.'"

Give the man a cheroot.

[Hat Tip: Ace of Spades]
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