An unhappy people in a happy world --
Read, rabbi, the phases of this difference
An unhappy people in an unhappy world
Here are too many mirrors for misery
A happy people in an unhappy world --
It cannot be. There's nothing there to roll
On the expressive tongue, the finding fang.
A happy people in a happy world --
Buffo! A ball, an opera, a bar.
I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot about psychiatry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in coming years, with the fifth edition due out around 2011. For some of us, diagnostic issues, like politics did around 2006, is about to get a lot more interesting. The New York Times has an article today on how things are coming along (without a single bone of contention, rest assured).
There are some misunderstandings about the infamous tome. As is widely noted, the number of official "mental disorders" has increased significantly with every edition of the book, to nearly 300 today. But many of these are minute variations of the same basic problems. For instance, Alcohol Abuse is a distinct diagnosis from Alcohol Dependence, but both are just degrees of severity of the same addiction.