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J Med Ethics. 1992 Jun;18(2):94-8.

A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder.

Bentall RP.

Department of Clinical Psychology, Liverpool University.

It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains–that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant.

PMID: 1619629
PMCID: PMC1376114 Free PMC Article

Written by Leisureguy

28 October 2011 at 9:32 am

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  1. This sounds ridiculous. Well, the psychiatric manual has been wrong before. They used to define homosexuality as a mental illness. And I’m not sure where they are to date now on alcoholicism. The psychiatric manual has controversial changes ever time a new one is published.


    28 October 2011 at 11:07 am

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