(She seemed distracted. Morgan probably woke up.)
gotta go cya!
k…cya. txt me wen u get a chance.
(IM session ends)
Standing…stretching my arms…fingertips still on the keyboard…I type in the searchbar “diagnostic and statistical manual.”
I scan the results.
Page two… third link from the top…the DSM.
Reading the PDF for the DSM fourth edition. Huh? The seventh edition? (Can’t be the seventh edition)
Wipe the dust off the monitor…walk to the kitchen for some caffeine.
Back…a bit more awake. Staring at the screen…rereading the opening page.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
© 2040 American Psychological Association
Introduction: Previous editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (herein DSM) have followed an institution-centric model of knowledge accumulation. This model relied on recognized experts to determine what would, ultimately, become part of the canonical edition to be used by all within the broad field of mental health. For this, the seventh edition, the previously used model of knowledge accumulation was abandoned for a non-hierarchical, post-institutional model of collaborative knowledge accumulation. Following this model, near equal weight and validity was given to those contributions that lie outside the accepted institutional structure but are, nonetheless, based on empirical data, with the major requirement being that such knowledge be based on a sample size that is, at the minimum, greater than or at least equal to one and that a sufficient number of readers had voted for its inclusion.
Inclusion-Worthiness Methodology: Inclusion-worthiness was determined by:
(a) use of a simple scale whereby readers could rank the inclusion-worthiness of any particular piece of knowledge. On this scale, “1″ designated inclusion-unworthiness and “5″ designated the highest level of inclusion-worthiness.
(b) maintaining an on-going count of the n of cases for each ranking level.
We have included, below, a sample of one of the items – in this case, an alternate definition of the mental health profession. Based on its score it will be included in DSM VII in Alternate Definitions of the Mental Health Profession.
Found the section on ADHD.
© 2040 American Psychiatric Association. All Rights Reserved.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (herein AD/HD) will be defined as follows:
- AD/HD is a set of cognitive deficits in executive function and manifests itself as inattention, difficulty with self-regulation, impulsiveness, restlessness or hyperactivity. The lack of such executive functions creates problems in some of the most basic aspects of adult life, such as success in education (and, especially, higher education); career; personal relationships and financial achievements.
- AD/HD is a set of cognitive strengths that are highly correlated with success in such fields as business; the sciences and the arts. It manifests itself as entrepreneurialism, ingenuity and creativity.
- AD/HD is a set of normal behaviors that have been defined by authority figures as a “problem.” Such labels are ascribed at an early age and are carried into adulthood. The “problem” manifests itself as continual interruption (a plea for something of interest), inability to complete a project (a plea for a task that is not mindless) and an inability to remain motionless for long periods of time (a plea for exercise and fresh air).
Dad, wake up. (Who’s poking me?) I need lunch money.