Health & medicine interest groups have been able to influence the way the medical community have labelled mental illness. Was defined as a mental illness before 1974 in the diagnostic & statistical. Manual of mental disorders (dsm) after that, gay activists were seeking to de-stigmatize homosexuality (de-label) Dsm task force tried to eliminate neuroses as a mental disorder (de-label) In 1971, vietnam veterans returned from war soldiers always have a hard time readjusting to civilian life after war in 1974, there was a recession tried to label it as a disorder to get compensation money. Self-defeating personality disorder (sdp) by calling this a mental illness, psychiatrists were guilty of blaming the victim. Canadians will be effected w/ a mental health disorder once in their lives. Medical labelling has increased for the following reasons: stress society demands of work increased overtime. In the modern world, traditional institutions that used to deal with mental health have been losing their authority.