Pressing Issues

International Summit to Develop New Approaches to Mental Health Diagnosis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Society for Humanistic Psychology, a Division of the American Psychological Association GLOBAL SUMMIT ON DIAGNOSTIC ALTERNATIVES ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH Washington, , July 23, 2014 – In the wake of major criticisms of the current approaches to mental health diagnosis, an international summit of experts is convening to explore more humane ways...
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Cultural Issues

What’s in a Name? The Effects of Receiving a Mental Health Diagnosis

With diagnostic categories on the incline I find it increasingly important to qualitatively research how a person who has received a mental health diagnosis in their culture is affected throughout their life. I will attempt to examine this in the following piece through the work of several scholars in the field, some of which...
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Cultural Issues

The Influence of the American Mental Health Paradigm Cross-Culturally

Since its first publication in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has influenced the teaching, research, and clinical practice of mental health. The first manual’s 108 diagnostic categories have more than tripled over the years as the validity of the book continues to be called into question (Rogler, 1997). The...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Lauren Deville

After reading her article on the Tuscon Citizen‘s website, I sat down with Dr. Lauren Deville to find out if benzodiazepines and antidepressants are making us sicker. Link to original article:  Dr. Lauren Deville is a board-certified Naturopathic physician in Tuscon, Arizona. To find out more about her practice visit: 
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sharna Olfman

Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sharna Olfman about her research on the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and gets her take on the diagnostic changes associated with the disorder in the DSM-5. Dr. Olfman is a Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a licensed psychologist in private practice....
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sanford Newmark

Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD, about his research on the subject of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his thoughts on the diagnostic changes in the DSM-5. Dr. Newmark is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. He is also the founder and head of the Center...
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