One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.
Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.
Imagine how hard it is to get a job when you have autism or Down Syndrome. It takes an incredible amount of tenacity to obtain and maintain employment for people with developmental disabilities. However, with the right work ethic, innovative thinking and optimism, meaningful employment can be a reality for almost anyone.