The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), but it is used all over the world. This book is referenced directly or indirectly by health insurance companies, government social health care, the medical community, etc. all across the globe. Regardless of which country you live in; it will have an impact on your diagnosis, treatment, and benefits received. The more support signatures we have the more influence the letter will have . This petition is not just for those with conversion disorder and/or functional neurological disorder to sign. We appreciate any and all support from family, friends, caregivers, and supporters. Please pass this link on to anyone that would like to show their support. We do not have much time. We would like to submit the petition within the week. Therefore, we have response time if need be. (final public comments accepted until June 15) You can go directly to the APA/DSM-5 site and post a personal message, also. Let our voices be heard through e-mails, so they know it is not ok to label us next to Factitious Disorder or Illness Anxiety Disorder. The APA knows CD/FND patients are not faking symptoms. Why leave room for ignorance and unclarity? We do not understand the reasoning behind listing conversion disorder (functional neurological disorder) with illnesses that have no more to do with CD/FND than with any other illness. CD/FND likely will only fit one diagnostic criterion of the somatic symptoms disorder with the removal of previous criterion B; psychological factors cannot be convincingly or reliably demonstrated.
Last but not least we would like to say a very big Thank You to Jax L. for taking a lot of jumbled thoughts and putting them into a fluent letter.
LET’S UNITE AND CHANGE THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE