Therapy and the lightbulb

1
How many psychotherapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change.

2
How many group therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. Group therapy doesn’t change anything.

3
How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
One, provided the lightbulb is fully compliant with all components of treatment. Otherwise, it’s the lightbulb’s fault that it doesn’t get changed.

4
How many clinical psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Well, they’ll be able to change it quickly and efficiently, once they’ve figured out the correct DSM-V diagnosis. Until then, how do we know it needs changing?
(The DSM is the diagnostic ‘bible’ of the American Psychiatric Association)

5
How many depressed psych patients does it take to change a lightbulb?
Who cares?
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These are my favourites from a longer list of psychiatric lightbulb jokes posted by Dysthymia Bree. This is a link to her blog.

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Homosexuality as a disease

According to DSM II (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), homosexuality was a mental disease. It was listed as a ‘sexual deviation’ and so found itself an unwilling bedfellow of paedophilia.

How did this change? Was it, for example,  as a result of painstaking research?

It was changed in 1974 at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (publishers of the DSM). When the issue was put to the vote 5854 psychiatrists voted to remove homosexuality from the list of mental diseases, 3810 voted to retain it. As a result, homosexuality was not listed as a mental disease in DSM III or subsequent editions.

So there we have it. What constitutes a mental disease or disorder can be decided by a show of hands. There’s nothing like democracy, right?