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An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors may include diagnoses for "disorders" such as toddler tantrums and binge eating, experts say, and could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal.

2010-07-28

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Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily...

2010-10-14

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Australian police are using Taser guns against people with mental illness in a disproportionately high number of cases, a five-year study says.

2010-10-12

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A mental hospital in the US state of Oregon is trying to identify the cremated remains of 3500 patients that were hidden in a storage room for decades.

2011-02-01

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The United States government has apologised for deliberately infecting hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhoea and syphilis as part of medical tests more than 60 years ago. None of those infected - mentally ill patients and prisoners - consented. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom accused the US of "crimes against humanity". US President Barack Obama has called Mr Colom to apologise and has said the acts ran contrary to...

2010-10-01

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