On Bitterness

Members of the American Psychiatric Association, during their recent convention in San Francisco were reported to have been arguing over whether to include ‘bitterness’ as a psychiatric disorder in the next Diagnosis and Statistical Manual to be released for publication in 2012. The DSM is a guidebook of psychiatric disorders used by psychiatrists in the identifying of such disorders.

An unnamed ex-patient commented that he was wondering when these psychiatrists were going to include a Grumpy Old Men Disorder as a disorder in their manual. If they approve ‘bitterness’ as a disorder, he indicated, they will have come awfully close to doing just that.



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