As @HarleyKyn has summoned me to explain the terminology a little, here we go.
Concerning RSD as a term:
Emotional dysregulation (which is the only official term we have atm to describe “RSD” symptoms, so we should stick to that for now if possible) plays a big part in our social understanding and relationships. It’s easy to abuse sensitive people. However the term RSD is in no way official, yet.
There are reasons why criteria have to be met until something is adapted into the ICD/DSM.
One main big reason being that many things are already described, just with another name, or not as an independent concept, rather than a subsyndrome or even a symptom of something.
So it takes time to a) do the science, b) integrate that science, c) have all the experts with their insanely different opinions at times somehow reach an agreement and then d) work out that specific concept in a way everyone can stand behind.
The ICD-11 is coming 20 years after ICD-10!
Because it takes an insane amount of time to get all those opinions to click. this is also why many diagnoses are discussed for years and years before being implemented. The DSM is a tad younger and also a tad (really it isn’t much) faster, because it focuses on mental disorders exclusively, while the ICD covers all diseases and disorders, somatic and mental.
The thing with new stuff is that there is always a risk of something called reification.
Meaning the creation of new “disorders” without any… sickness value? I don’t know how to translate that…
Basically, we all tend to pathologise everything.
That’s why we can’t just accept new concepts into the official system at a whim. It has to be checked whether it already exists, if it doesn’t but is a combination of things, we have to ask ourselves whether it is significant enough to be a syndrome, or if it’s a symptom. If it’s significant enough, the question will arise whether it should be a diagnosis by itself.
But apart from terminology: Yes it’s important to talk about all of this and it shouldn’t be dismissed.
I know that Jessica will soon mention RSD and explain just what I explained now: It is a theory for now, but we don’t have enough (any) evidence yet as to how valid it is as a concept of its own.
That is not to say that the symptoms commonly associated with it are not present or that people are actively trying to invent something, but the broader concept of emotional dysregulation shouldn’t be narrowed down to RSD.
That was a lot of text, apologies. I just think it’s very important to be aware of the official medical stand of things, as it is at the moment.
I hope we all find a way to cope with this, I’m not spared from emotional dysregulation either. lot’s of strength for you.