I have great respect for psychology (my wife is a psychologist), but the coming revision of the DSM is cause for comment. I do not doubt that there are real medical psychoses, and that clinical counseling as well as psychiatry can help people. But we should be careful to not make everything a “clinical disorder”. Some of what we now call “diagnosable disorders” (and we give a purely medical or psychological account of these things) are what we used to just call “character flaws”. Not to put too fine a point on it, but sometimes aren’t those who get tagged with “oppositional disorders” (“negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior”) really just assholes? They don’t need medicine or even counseling, they need moral formation (and maybe a spanking).
George Will remarks on all of this here.