Psychiatrists are to give official recognition to dozens of new mental disorders, including a condition nicknamed Mary Whitehouse syndrome — the thrill of being appalled by pornography and other obscenities.
Absexuality appears to have been inspired by the zeal of Whitehouse, the campaigner who railed against smut on television.
Although there is no evidence that Whitehouse got a kick out of salacious viewing, there is no disputing her passion for attacking broadcasters if she felt their standards had slipped
emark points out though: Sadly I think the Times have got it wrong – I don’t think this is in the DSM proposal (I can’t find it on http://www.dsm5.org ), rather it’s a proposal by someone else, Carol Queen.
The condition is one of many mood disorders and personality traits that are likely to be added to the next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the psychiatrists’ bible.
The disorders, which also include hypersexuality — the desire for multiple partners, perhaps characterised by the golfer Tiger Woods — reflect changing social patterns. Critics believe, however, that their classification as psychiatric problems may lead them to be exploited for profit by drug companies.
emark notes: The Times also falsely define hypersexuality as merely “the desire for multiple partners”. It’s sad to see this level of misreporting, especially on an issue that many people won’t know much about.
Other new conditions include sluggish cognitive tempo disorder, which some would regard as simple laziness, and relational disorder, in which two people — often a separating couple — struggle to get on. People who whinge constantly may be suffering negativistic personality disorder. Intermittent explosive disorder — otherwise known as adult tantrums — is also defined for the first time.
Comment: Self Diagnosis
How to diagnose Mary Whitehouse Syndrome….
- Do you get a kick out of watching sex, porn and filth on TV just to get offended?
- Do you feel the need to write to the Daily Mail in utter outrage every time you see a bare breast on TV?
- Do you often get offended by things you haven’t seen or heard and which you just read about in the right-wing tabloid press?
- Have you ever thought of joining Mediawatch UK?
If the answer to any of the above is yes then you have Mary Whitehouse Syndrome!