Now there is considerable pressure to add "homophobia" to the list of mental illnesses in the DSM. But this might be a bit too abrupt of a change--a bit too blunt of a reminder that psychiatry is closer to witch doctoring or politics than science. Here's another example from February 9, 2012 Fox News:
Millions of healthy people - including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes - may be wrongly labeled mentally ill by a new international diagnostic manual, specialists said on Thursday.
In a damning analysis of an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health experts said its new categories and "tick-box" diagnosis systems were at best "silly" and at worst "worrying and dangerous."In 1970, what is now regarded by much of the American public as simply a personality quirk was a mental disorder. What in 1970 was a personality quirk--shyness--will, if certain factions within the APA get their way, become a mental disorder. And grieving? That's not a personality quirk at all, but a normal human reaction to loss.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/09/shyness-illness-in-dangerous-health-book-experts-say/?test=latestnews#ixzz1m0lckXzS
It is pretty clear that the APA is more an arm of the Democratic Party than a serious scientific organization.