Article: Psychologists debate adding yet another attention disorder to the DSM

FlipboardCoverThe DΨvil in the dΨtail: Psychologists are working to determine if sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) — marked by daydreaming, mind-wandering, and lethargy — has a clear set of symptoms and can join the ranks as a legitimate disorder to be added to the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). If it does, it’d open up an opportunity for more pharmaceutical treatments in an area that some experts argue is already over-diagnosed and over-medicated due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Which came first: the disorder (SCT) or the pill? Is this SCT even truly a disorder?

DSMVBlogPostImageBetter yet, if one can qualify daydreaming, mind-wandering and lethargy — kinda of like the normal stuff we do on vacation in an ever-increasing fast paced world, no? — and then quantify those actions into data points onto a bell curve while marking data points that fall “here and there” as outliers then surely (!) those kids need a good pill to force assist them with staying plugged in, otherwise they fall victim to vacationing in a boring world SCT.  We’re gonna need a DSM VI.

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