This morning I was trying to make fun of the DSM-5. My strategy was to read passages from the DSM-5 Introduction to Rita after breakfast. Somehow, I must have read them slowly and poetically because Rita really liked the passages . . . which I didn’t expect.
Rita’s response inspired me to place the DSM passages into an appropriate poetry format. And so although I’ve taken the liberty to title and format the words based on my own judgments, the words themselves are taken directly from the DSM-5 (with page numbers cited, so you can find them yourselves).
Diagnosing Peter Piper
The symptoms in our diagnostic criteria
the relatively limited repertoire
human emotional responses to
that are generally maintained in a
without a disruption in normal functioning.
It requires clinical training to recognize
when the combination
has resulted in a
condition in which
physical signs and symptoms exceed
ranges. [From the DSM-5, p. 19]
Shifting Boundaries and Thresholds
The boundaries between normality and pathology
for specific types
Thresholds of tolerance
for specific symptoms
the level at which an experience becomes problematic
will differ. (DSM-5, p. 14)