Contrarian Concepts

What Do Antidepressants Prove?

One of the pieces of “evidence” used to support the current model of mental health labeling has to do with the supposed relationship between the presence of a “disease” and the availability of a “drug” that treats that disease. In a sense, drugs verify diseases. Consider antidepressants. It’s easy enough for both lay folks...
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Contrarian Concepts

Creating a Mental Disorder in Five Minutes Flat

First, let’s choose some common human experience that most people find unpleasant. How about boredom? Most people experience boredom as unpleasant—let’s get started and substitute the word “pathological” for unpleasant. Doesn’t that simple switch start to give it that ‘disease feel’ already? Pathological boredom! The next step is to name our disease. How about...
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Cultural Issues

Defining Mental Disorders Doesn’t Make Them Exist

No one really doubts the phenomena of birds and bees. But to call birds and bees miracles and to create a miracle-maker God who created them is a certain kind of fraudulent leap. No one really doubts the phenomena of sadness and worry. But to call them symptoms of mental disorders is exactly the same...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

A New Curriculum for Training Psychotherapists

If and when we move away from our current model of “diagnosing and treating mental disorders” and rethink what we are really offering clients to relieve their distress, it makes sense to begin to think about what a new curriculum for future mental health providers might look like. What might a core curriculum for...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

On Not Responding to DSM Apologists

One of the interesting features of our species is that smart folks who do not want to tell the truth, perhaps because they have a financial interest in not telling the truth, can argue smartly against whatever a truth-teller is saying and embroil the truth-teller in a time-consuming, pointless game where the truth-teller feels...
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