The New Normal

Here we go again. The enlightened cognoscenti of the psychiatric community are lowering the bar once more in redefining the new “normal.”

According to the NY Times,

“The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (due out in 2013, and known as DSM-5) has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition. Narcissistic personality disorder is the most well-known of the five…”

It seems to me we’ve seen this science fiction flick before. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association officially declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM); a move sparked not by reliable clinical evidence but in response to homosexual activism.

Could the APA’s latest treatment of narcissism be just another battle in the very same war against nature?

In an interview conducted for an article I wrote for Catholic News Agency in 2011, The liturgical impact of homosexuality in the priesthood, world-renowned psychiatrist and expert on same-sex attraction, Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, said:

“Narcissism – a personality disorder in which an insatiable need for admiration often leads to attention-seeking behavior – is prevalent among men who struggle with homosexuality.”

In time, I suspect that we will discover that the pending declassification of narcissism in DSM V is the handy work of the very same activists who, after having successfully forced the APA to scrub homosexuality from the list of treatable mental disorders, are now looking to do the same with the subcategory of disorders that are so closely associated with it.

As LifeSite News reported last August, activists have been plotting to pressure the APA to change its approach to what they call “minor-attracted persons,” a group that travels very comfortably in homosexual circles. (See the North American Man Boy Love Association if you can stomach it.)

With the Left’s desire to redefine the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and family by any all means necessary, and the tendency of government run healthcare (e.g., such as exists in England) to limit access to services if for none other than fiscal reasons, one can reasonably assume that Obamacare will only further fuel the activist takeover of the APA in years to come.