Cultural Issues

The Case of Tina and Bruce: An Introduction

I will start my recent post by presenting two clinical examples. Names are changed to maintain anonymity. The client (Tina) enters the room to discuss her anxiety, inability to concentrate, and an overwhelming feeling that others continue to speak ill of her. These symptoms contribute to constant behavioral impediments and cognitive dysfunction. As she...
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Pressing Issues

Mental Health or Mental Illness: A Policy Concern

In December of 2013, Congressman Timothy Murphy proposed the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (HR 3717). The bill proposes an inherent distinction between “mental health” and “mental illness”. In essence, the bill proposes broad changes to the current mental health system. According to the Huffington Post, Congressman Murphy proposes to initiate an...
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Defining Disorder

Towards a Process-Oriented Understanding of Stress

I once read an amusing anecdote. The joke stated: “How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” “One, but only if the light bulb really wants to change.” I found the joke amusing for two reasons. First, “change” opens a wide array of professional, clinical, and diagnostic questions. Of course, clinicians would...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Are “More” Categories Appropriate for Diagnostics?: Some Preliminary Concerns

Is “more” better? This question first sparked my interest as I watch a television commercial promoting a mobile phone service. The advertisement asked children “what is better having more or less”. In a series of non-sensible rambling, the child argued because people want more, more is better. Given this series of statements that both...
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