Alternatives to DSM & ICD

The ‘No Labeling’ Alternative

I believe it is morally wrong and intellectually shoddy to “diagnose” someone because he hates his job, finds his subjects in school boring, becomes paralyzed in the face of hard choices, or is made severely anxious by his lack of success. These and a million similar human experiences are not “symptoms of mental disorders”...
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Defining Disorder

Replacing Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists

During World War II 60,000,000 people died, of the world’s population. The Soviet Union alone lost between 18,000,000 and 24,000,000 lives. Germany lost between 7,000,000 and 9,000,000, upwards of 10% of its population. Europe’s Jewish population was reduced by between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000, or 55% of European Jewry. A country like Portugal lost...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Lack of Cooperation Disorder

Let’s talk frankly. Are you really very interested in reducing your emotional distress? Do you really want to feel better? What if feeling better requires that you change your daily habits, change your habits of mind, change your circumstances, upgrade your personality, and work like the Dickens? I mean, seriously—are you up for that?...
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Defining Disorder

The 12 Vital Questions of Mental Health – An Article and Interview with Eric Maisel

Naturally we human beings want to move from not knowing to knowledge. We want to move from not knowing how to cure a disease to finding a cure for that disease. We want to move from not knowing how to desalinate the oceans to knowing how to produce an inexhaustible supply of drinking water....
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The End of Clients

I’ve previously written about why folks who come in looking for mental health services shouldn’t be labeled patients. First, the transaction isn’t a genuinely medical one (even if so-called “drugs” are often prescribed). Second, non-medical personnel like psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and family therapists shouldn’t have “patients.” Third, the word stigmatizes the “suddenly...
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