Dr. Methodius Isaac Bonkers of the Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research puts forth a series of partially incomplete and generally imprecise arguments in support of adding a new diagnostic category to the psychiatric lexicon, “Chemical Imbalance Not Otherwise Specified.” Bonkers develops his position in relation to psychiatry’s historical body of knowledge, wherein he notes that over the past five hundred years our vocabulary to describe the causes of mental illness has expanded considerably from ineffable one-syllable words like “fumes” to indistinct eleven-syllable words like “methylenedioxymethamphetamine.”
“Gone are the days of darkness and superstition, when madness was blamed on black biles, wicked spirits and evil juices,” observes Bonkers. “We now know that mental illness is an organic physical medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome or functional deficit of some kind stemming from a combination of biological, environmental and/or genetic factors which may be linked to specific abnormalities, disruptions, imbalances, structural defects and clinically measurable, observable or hypothetical levels of neurotransmitter function within the basal ganglia, hippocampus, thalamus or adjacent regions of the encephalon, situated inside the cranial cavity occupying the intracranial space underlying the skull and outer surrounding membrane.”
Therefore, says Bonkers, it’s time for a new diagnostic category that will encapsulate the few remaining conditions that have not yet been identified: Chemical Imbalance Not Otherwise Specified.
Chemical Imbalance Not Otherwise Specified: Useful Diagnostic Category? (Bonkers Institute)