- Nehmo -
Don't confuse DSM-IV classifications with science. They're really just a
psycho-babble way to put a derogatory label on somebody. Who has a
"disorder" and who doesn't is not clearly defined. But aside form that,
yes, setting fires, by this classification system, can mean a disorder
that stands on its own. See the "coding note" below.
DSM-IV Criteria for Mental Disorders
Impulse control disorders
· More than once, the patient has deliberately and purposefully set
· Before the fire-setting, the patient experiences tension or excited
· The patient is interested in or attracted to fire and its
circumstances and associations (such as firefighting apparatus, uses or
aftermath of fire).
· The patient experiences gratification, pleasure or relief when setting
fires or experiencing their consequences.
· These fires are not set:
to express a political agenda
to conceal crimes
to express anger or revenge
to improve the patient's living circumstances
in response to a delusion or hallucination
as a result of impaired judgment*
· The fire-setting is not better explained by Antisocial Personality
Disorder, Conduct Disorder or Manic Episode.
*Of course, setting any fire at all would usually be interpreted as
evidence of impaired judgment. What this criterion tries to express is
the faulty judgment usually associated with other Axis I disorders as
dementia, Mental Retardation and Substance Intoxication."
********************* Nehmo Sergheyev *********************
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