America’s sweethearts- Johnny Depp and Amber Heard- are in a popular court case which can be watched on the internet, as all domestic abuse cases should be. Actually, if I am to be accurate, it is Depp’s libel trial against his former wife for defaming him in an op-ed. He used to be Jack Sparrow, but now he’s known as the man who either abused or was abused by Amber Heard. That’s what the trial seems to be about.
As part of this intimate look into two deranged Hollywood drug addicts, a Forensic psychologist delivered her assessment of Amber Heard and describes her as follows:
“…externalization of blame, tending to have a lot of inner hostility” and “a tendency to be very self righteous but also to deny that self righteousness and judge others critically.” She added that Heard was “very full of rage” and had an intense fear of abandonment.
Borderline personality disorder, which Curry diagnosed Heard with, involves “explosive anger when somebody needs space.”https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/johnny-depp-amber-heard-defamation-trial-court-case
Now, I don’t mean to cast aspersions on the field of psychiatry, but I have some questions about the way in which these diagnosis are founded.
The field is somewhat controlled by a collection of agreed upon labels and definitions, primarily the DSM-5-TR. Published in 2022, it is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States.
That alone isn’t what worries me. But listen to what Psychietry.org has to say about how it was made:
It involved more than 200 experts, the majority of whom were involved in the development of DSM-5. In addition, four cross-cutting review groups (Culture, Sex and Gender, Suicide, and Forensic) reviewed all the chapters, focusing on material involving their specific expertise. A Work Group on Ethnoracial Equity and Inclusion ensure that appropriate attention to risk factors like racism and discrimination and the use of non-stigmatizing language.https://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm/about-dsm
Did you see Sex and Gender up there? What about Ethnoracial Equity? It smells like the politicians on the left took a steaming hot pile of WOKE all over this thing, which is why homosexuality and transgenderism are no longer considered diagnosable and treatable conditions, even though they are lifestyles associated with some of the highest incidents of suicide in the western world. I could go off in the direction of how terrifying it is to let politicians affect the definitions of what is considered sane or not sane, but I need to ask something more foundational.
Jesus Vs the DSM-5
It will come as no surprise that the DSM-5 isn’t a Christian writing based on a Biblical worldview. Like anything else that received tax dollars, it is founded on the assumption of atheism. But once you have rejected the creation of mankind in the image of God, and replaced it with the racist nonsense that is evolutionary theory, how do you decide that ANYTHING is a “Disorder?”
When the analyst describes Amber Heard as “tending to have a lot of inner hostility” and “explosive anger,” why does this get labeled as a “disorder”? Where do they get the idea of order from which to distinguish a disorder? As a Christian I can easily look to the teachings of Jesus, who seems to prefer peace over conflict, and forgiveness over anger. But what in the evolutionary worldview says that the primate which is modern humans is supposed to NOT have explosive anger? What if instead that is just the next step in human evolution? Maybe we are evolving into rage monsters.
I can look to the teachings of Jesus and see that he seems to prefer we be humble and not self righteous, and that we be loving instead of judging others critically, but on evolutionism, why should we not be self righteous and critical? What model of human evolution says that it is a disorder for the primate which is modern humans to be self righteous and critical? What if it has a survival advantage? It might.
And it seems that Amber Heard has on several occasions expressed her anger and frustration with the men in her life in much the same way that dogs or cats might- by pooping on their side of the bed. But what if that behavior was simply inherited from whatever evolutionary ancestor we share with cats and dogs? Why should such behavior be condemned? Assuming we evolved from some common ancestor to cats and dogs of course. But assuming a Biblical worldview, this is disgusting behavior. Deuteronomy 23 tells the people of Israel to poop outside the camp, and to burry it so no one has to walk in it or even see it. So, needless to say, pooping in someone’s bed is right out. We’re not ANIMALS for heaven’s sake.
Today’s Crazy Is Tomorrow’s #Pride
Once again I need to point out that, on Atheism, we cannot even declare something to be an illness or a disorder because these things assume an ORDER from which the health has deviated. Disorder compares the present state to the created order, but if there was no created order, then calling a symptom an illness or a disorder is like going out to the driveway and declaring that a rain puddle is “the wrong shape.” What if the defense for Amber Heard declared that, YES she has rage and explosive anger and she’s harshly critical of other people, and she’s happy with who she is! What if she just declares her new gender to be Explosively Self Righteous? Then what? Remember that The DSM–5 articulates explicitly that “gender non-conformity (Transgenderism) is not in itself a mental disorder.” Meaning, if Amber claimed to be a MAN, she would be considered perfectly sane, yet somehow because she gets angry in a very efficient manner, she is considered to have a “Disorder.”
To bring this into focus, the World Health Organization considered transgenderism to be a disorder until 2019. Dr Lale Say, a reproductive health expert at the World Health Organization, said: “It was taken out from mental health disorders because we had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma.” SOURCE
And yet, in 2022 data indicated that 82% of transgender individuals have considered killing themselves and 40% have attempted suicide, with suicidality highest among transgender youth. SOURCE If men look at themselves and can’t accept the fact that they are men, and then more than 8 out of every 10 of them are suicidal, MAYBE the DMS needs to reconsider it’s definition of “Disorder.” But I think what is clear is that the DSM-5 was NOT changed because of a “better understanding.”
Where is the unmoving foundation on which to judge these things? How does an atheistic, evolutionary worldview decide what a healthy personality is SUPPOSED to be like so that it can judge one to be in DISORDER? Very simply it cannot. A rain puddle cannot be the wrong shape, because it has no purpose. If we are made by the same accidental, unguided natural processes that make rain puddles and not by a creator who has a purpose for us, then we can no more be the “wrong shape” in our minds than a puddle can be on the driveway. Without starting at the purpose God had for us and his creation, we can describe behaviors and thought processes, but we cannot distinguish between healthy and unhealthy, order and disorder. None of those would be real categories.
Jesus says to love our neighbor, and so if we fail, we are out of order with our purpose. If we evolved in an atheistic world, then we’re just animals, dancing to our DNA. And if we have evolved a lot of inner hostility and rage, expressing ourselves by pooping in our Ex-Husband’s bed. Be careful what you say about Bed Poopers. I think the DSM-6 is likely to develop a “better understanding” of them before it goes to print.