When Doctors Decide Your Disease Doesn’t Actually Exist

At Pajamas Media Dalrymple discusses the difficulties and uncertainties around the increased rate of autism diagnoses, and addresses the difficulty for those who are “dis-diagnosed”:

Diseases that have no objective tests to distinguish them from normality have a tendency to spread like fungus: for example, it is years since I heard anyone say that he was unhappy rather than depressed, and it cannot be a coincidence that 10 percent of the populations of most western countries are now taking antidepressants. Yet the state of melancholia undoubtedly exists, as anyone who has seen a case will attest.

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