I wonder what the treatment 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 annoyed.

Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses | The Unbounded Spirit
Critics charge that it’s because they have too much time on their hands. New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases.


  1. annie bodnar
    annie bodnar says:

    not that i have a lot of respect for the DSM, but the diagnosis is not new.  the DSM has classified it since 1980. it's one given to children, the adult equivalent is anti-social personality disorder. and it's beyond freethinking or rebellion… the information on the cited blog is old and incomplete.

  2. Theo Fenraven
    Theo Fenraven says:

    ANYTHING to try and keep us docile, obedient, and accepting.

  3. Eris Tyler
    Eris Tyler says:

    The only problem is that without us oppositional freethinking nonconformists humanity would have been doomed from the get-go.

  4. annie bodnar
    annie bodnar says:

    the thing is … when they speak of ODD they are not speaking to ordinary eccentric folk who are oppositional for a reason. they're looking for patterns that are beyond the "normal" limits and so they classify it as a disorder… probably because they lack the expertise and resources to work with them individually.

  5. paul beard
    paul beard says:

    Is there a classification for paranoid martyrdom? I see some sufferers.

    Why would anyone equate freethinking with being a hostile antisocial disruption? The fire that warms you is not the same as the one that burns down your house.

  6. Rick Willis
    Rick Willis says:

    Describes me to a "T". Hmm.
    What about those who go along with everything? You know, the ones who always do what they are told, believe everything authority tells them, never think outside the box or question authority? SCD… Spineless Conformist Disorder?

  7. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    SCD? No, that is called being a well adjusted and productive member of society.

    It is the culture that is insane and we drive ourselves crazy trying to fit in.

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