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Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness?

December 19, 2013

According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly 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.”

 

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