Sandra Lafferty

Writer ~ Educator ~ Mental Health Advocate

Do I need a pocket protector to go with my copy of the DSM-5?

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I kept my excitement under wraps when the DSM-5 went into editorial review but now that it’s publication date has been announced I’m ready to press my nose to a bookstore window and quiver.   DSM-IV_092DSC_0791

Admittedly, that’s a little outside the norm on two levels. One, that I still prefer brick and mortar bookstores, and two, that it’s an odd book choice since I’m not a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or attorney working with the mentally ill. Truth is I’ve had some edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a guide to mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, on my bookshelf for many years.

Yep. Throw a log on the fire, pour a cup of tea, and curl up with the DSM – the perfect evening.  That officially makes me some sort of nerd I suppose. However, nerd conjures up images of tortoise shell glasses, tailored shirts, high-rise trousers and plastic pocket protectors.

Oh….

I think I’m only missing the pocket protector. Kind of an embarrassing image when you consider that I’m a middle-America soccer mom.

Nonetheless, as someone who has morphed from a psychiatric research wannabe to a special ed teacher-in-training to a stay-at-home professional parent, I have an intrinsic interest in mental and educational challenges.   From the day a psychiatrist and room full of social workers told me to choose another child because the one I’d selected had deficiencies and should be institutionalized instead of adopted, I’ve been fighting to make a difference in the lives of differently-abled and at-risk children.  It’s never been wise to tell me something can’t be done.  I have this annoying habit of replying “watch me.”

So, if you see someone in the reference isle of a bookstore snatching up editions on educational methodologies or mental health topics with all the enthusiasm of an avid yard-sale shopper, please overlook the yellow highlighter stain on my shirt.  I don’t have a pocket protector.

3 thoughts on “Do I need a pocket protector to go with my copy of the DSM-5?

  1. I went to your site as a result of the comment you posted on opinionatedman’s site, saying that this “would not have been a natural selection” for you, but that you were glad to be able to share his world. We do come from different worlds don’t we? And it’s so fun to get a glimpse into another’s world. I love that you ignored the recommendation of the psychologist who wanted to institutionalize the child you had chosen.

    • Thank you for taking time to leave a comment. You are so right. One of the best parts of blogging is the diverse community it brings together. You and I, however, seem to have quite a bit in common. We both love children, have common (agonizing?) experiences in marketing … and the same allergy to self-promotion. ~ S

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