When the Fear of Disease is Diagnosed as a Disease Itself

by Don Ingwerson

In the latest vlog from The Mother Church, Eric Bashor shares information about the newly expanded Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5 also known as the bible of psychiatry), which has broadened what qualifies as a disease. How does this impact health?

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  1. Pamela says

    Well that was enlightening. Thanks for sharing the news briefing. Who was it that said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” As a student of Christian Science from the time I was a child my mom used to tell me that F-E-A-R was nothing more than F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal and she was right because most things I was afraid of were not real they just appeared to be real.

  2. Ev says

    Rooting out fear in our thoughts can take some effort, because so often we are completely unaware of its presence. But we are taught to fear disease at an early age, so was it that teaching that was actually a disease itself? This bears some re-thinking in the way we instruct one another. Like the song says, “You have to be carefully taught.” How delightful to think what the opposite teaching would provide.