Americans critical of government could have their Second Amendment rights restricted if psychologists diagnose them with “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” or a similar diagnosis as a result of Obama’s new gun control executive action.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which the American Psychiatric Association uses for psychiatric diagnosis, defines “oppositional defiant disorder” as a “recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures” which typically begins at a young age but can survive into adulthood.
“[Adults with Oppositional Defiant Disorder] feel misunderstood and disliked, hemmed in and pushed around,” according to Russell Barkley, Ph.D.. “Some feel like mavericks or rebels.”
In other words, an Obama-supporting psychologist could potentially diagnose conservatives and libertarians with “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” due to their criticism of authority, particularly the federal government, and then report them to the FBI as too “mentally unfit” to purchase a gun.
But even scarier, the newest version of the DSM-5 is so broad that almost every form of human behavior could be considered some type of mental illness.
In fact, over the past 50 years, the number of mental illnesses defined by sequential editions of the DSM have grown from 130 to over 350.
The rise in children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), for example, is mainly due to the newest DSM editions reclassifying certain, normal behaviors as “symptoms.”
“If 7-year-old Mozart tried composing his concertos today, he might be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and medicated into barren normality,” George F. Will with the Washington Post lamented.
And looking back at the Soviet Union, the communist regime routinely diagnosed those critical of the government as “mentally ill.”
“People who didn’t accept the beliefs of the Communist Party developed a ‘new type’ of schizophrenia,” the popular blog site The Mind Unleased pointed out. “They suffered from the ‘delusion’ of believing communism was wrong.”
“They were isolated, forcefully medicated, and put through repressive ‘therapy’ to bring them back to sanity.”
And Obama’s latest gun control executive order is heading in the same direction.