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The DSM V as dystopian novel

Sam Kriss at The New Inquiry has an entertaining review of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5).  The writeup treats the book as a piece of science fiction literature, and perhaps rightly so as the tome, while authoritative, is as much a product of its time and a reflection of society as it is a book for diagnostic use.

On one page we meet a hoarder, on the next a trichotillomaniac; he builds enormous “stacks of worthless objects,” she idly pulls out her pubic hairs while watching television. But the two are never allowed to meet and see if they can work through their problems together.