As we know Sigmund Freud is recognized as the father of psychoanalysis. He believed we could learn about people through their dreams and used it as psychoanalysis. He also used hypnosis in his sessions. His famous book was titled, "The Interpretation of Dreams". This was the "father of psychoanalysis. Using dreams and hypnosis! It should come to no surprise that he was never taken seriously by science. Modern psychiatry is built around psychoanalysis. Much like a religion it also breaks up the different illnesses down as denominations or disorders. In the The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the World Health Organization's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems' (ICD) we see what the official criteria or creeds are for each disorder or illness. Almost on every front, psychology and psychiatry resemble religion more then science. It is based on opinions and feelings and not scientific tests. Yes they may include their own research and testing but is never really scientific and many times opinions vary from the same "tests" or contradict other "tests".
Therapists and psychologists are more of a religious councilor then a actual medical practitioner. And psychiatrists who are doctors are nothing more then script writers. Or the ones that issue the marriage licenses to a patients determined denomination or disorder. Why am I describing all this in this manor? Because I think too many people including the media and legal system place way too much weight and authority on Psychology. It is nothing more then a Pseudoscience at best, and nothing more then a New Age religion at worse.
So the next time you hear some one say they have been diagnosed as [fill in the black here], remember, another psychiatrist may have diagnosed them as some thing different. It's mostly guess work derived from a lunatic's ideas of what psychoanalysis should be. Freud had followers just like a religious cult leader, and he had opponents too. Next time you see a therapist, ask yourself this, what is this person really doing except asking me how I feel and then telling me what that might mean? All guess work and opinions based on personal feelings. Nothing more.