The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief

What's behind Komen's choices, and should bereavement be considered an illness?

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The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief
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The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief

The sudden news that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has apologized and essentially reversed itself on the issue of defunding Planed Parenthood is yet another example of the incredible power of the internet. 

Yes, in the old days, an issue like this could simmer on the stove of the mass media for days, but the 'net -- especially its social media -- has a way of pushing something right in front of people's noses in a very a direct and personal way. You don't get the news from Ted Koppel or Robin Roberts.  You get it from people you know, right in a stream of Facebook posts and Tweets, many of which are about other, more personal things. Certain public issues are hand -mixed into the batter of private life in a manner unparalleled in the history of communication. The question now is: can Komen do eough to regain all the trust it squandered.

We'll talk about that, the DSM and perhaps more light-hearted fare today on The Nose.

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I very much enjoyed the show, as usual, but couldn’t help but react to the section when you all talked about the DSM-V, scheduled for publication next year. I have people in my life who have diagnosed mental health issues and physical health issues that defy or confuse traditional classifications, so I am acutely aware of the way that definitions in manuals like the DSM affect people’s lives. Diagnoses tend to help people define the challenges they face and, in many cases, themselves. We have a huge negative stigma in the United States around mental illness and around asking for help from counselors and psychiatrists, so when someone is diagnosed with an illness, it tends to get to the heart of the way they define their relationship to the world around them.

That said, none of you who were on the show, to my knowledge, have psychological training, so I found it a bit flippant that you all spoke with such nonchalance about the definitions of autism and depression. If you were to do a show about the DSM featuring a leading clinician or psychological researcher, I would be very excited to listen but, in my humble opinion, mental illness has no place on a pop culture show like “The Nose.”

Thanks for listening, and congratulations on how successful the show has been – you and Patrick and Chion and all the rest deserve it!