Okay. This is an attempt to resurrect Zenster’s thread on ODD, which has indeed become convoluted and somewhat off-topic.
The original argument in that thread concerned whether or not Oppositional Defiant Disorder is unreasonably used to pathologize the behavior of problem children.
I offer the following arguments:
The diagnostic criteria for ODD take cultural norms for granted.
The criteria also make use of extremely vague concepts like “clinically significant impairment”, which does not have a clear or immediately obvious interpretation.
They presume that the problem is necessarily with the child instead of with the environment.
Moreover, I claim that these and similar problems exist in the criteria for mental disorders in general. Although demanding empirical proof that a condition is a distinct and objective medical disorder is unreasonable, I assert that even elementary standards are not met for the vast majority of mental disorders.
Furthermore, the way these conditions are treated and perceived isn’t justified either, but that’s a more involved topic that was at least partially responsible for the derailing of the first thread, so I won’t bring it up unless someone else does so first.