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Major affective disorder, pleasant type

A clinical psychologist at Liverpool University has put forward a proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder:
It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains--that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant.

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Posted by: Greg Mon Dec 6 06:02:42 2010

The paper is from 1992 and provoked some interesting responses such as this one:

http://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/pdf_extract/162/4/539

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