[Question] Are there groups of medical symptoms that could be impactful to be turned into a specific diagnosis? I learned that PTSD was created as a result of lobbying, previously it was just disparate symptoms.

I’ve been listen­ing to the book “The Body Keeps Score.” It talks about how the di­ag­no­sis PTSD was cre­ated as a re­sult of a few peo­ple lob­by­ing a psy­chi­a­tric as­so­ci­a­tion.

It made me won­der: are there any other con­di­tions that don’t have names, that could be highly im­pact­ful to lobby for get­ting a con­di­tion name?

The benefit of hav­ing a name for a con­di­tion and par­tic­u­larly for get­ting into the DSM seems to mean that then in­surance com­pa­nies cover treat­ments, and re­searchers and drug com­pa­nies in­vest heav­ily into dis­cov­er­ing po­ten­tial treat­ments.

It seems plau­si­ble that the lob­by­ing could be a high lev­er­age in­ter­ven­tion.

Per­haps the or­di­nary hu­man un­hap­piness that Freud and Michael Plant have writ­ten about could be lob­bied into cre­ation of a sep­a­rate di­ag­no­sis? What other symp­toms could po­ten­tially be im­pact­ful to be grouped to­gether and turned into a med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis?

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