Cultural Issues

Using Ethical Guidelines to Effectively Challenge Over-prescribing Psychotropics for Children

In all countries there will be ethical and professional guidelines that support a psychologist or any mental health worker’s ability to professionally challenge practice that they have major concerns about to better safeguard the children with whom they jointly work. In the psychologists as members of the Health Care Professions Council have, we...
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Diagnosis in Practice

The Cultural Amelioration of Negative Social Constructs of Difference – in the Context of Holistic Psychological Formulation

A negative focus on difference damages an individual human being’s ability to make relative progress in a range of important skill areas. Reframing negative constructs of difference to being more positive manifestations of a human being’s right to individuality, creativity, and potentiality is a process that is well under way in society but there...
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Cultural Issues

The Normalization of Difference in Our Children

How in a Progressive Society we use this to Minimize the Excessive and Erroneous Diagnostic Labeling of Childhood Behaviors. A starting point for all my professional involvements with children to help engage them positively in the process, is what I call the Normalising Conversation. This is an ongoing process which one revisits and develops each...
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Contrarian Concepts

Dubious Diagnostic Disorders Demonise our Children and Can Cause Long-term Psychological and Physical Harm

Since the ‘Psychiatrists’ Bible,’ DSM-5 was published in May 2013, children are leaving clinics everyday around the Western World with stigmatising and often unhelpful labels of mental disorders tied tightly around their young necks. See my, ‘All around the world’ poem earlier this month. We know from the field of Attribution Theory that people...
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Cultural Issues

All around the World

Everyday children are being harmed by over-prescribing psychotropic drugs. A child leaves alone. Once clinicked, Having been white coated Or diagnosed all too quickly; Milgrammed – Not with higher voltage But with a higher dosage, Than any child should be given At such a vulnerable growth stage, As it interferes with their living….. Their...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Parental Dilemnas – Diagnosis of their loved ones

“I would do anything to help my child,” is a common sentiment expressed by the vast majority of parents whenever they are at an important choice point in their child’s development. It is therefore not surprising that parents actively consider all options available to support their child’s learning and social behaviour in school, anyone...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Annus Horribilis for ADHD

Annus Horriblis  for ‘condition’ in 2013 Never in the field of scientific conflict has an ever increasing ‘many’ so actively opposed the views of the ever dwindling ‘few’ public advocates of  the questionable psychiatric diagnosis and medication, as in the case of ADHD, for the Safeguarding of  Children and other client groups. -Dave Traxson...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Top Ten Questions

TOP TEN QUESTIONS FOR CHILD MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS TO CONSIDER FOR THEIR CLIENT GROUP REGARDING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS How can I best challenge the practice of prescribing psychotropic drugs to children with whom I co-work and about which I have ethical concerns? Do the Safeguarding Guidelines of my workplace or professional body apply equally to...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The South Downs Way – A Metaphor for Recovery of Self

The day was dusking and night was fretting in From sea to shore as it had done many many times before, Shadowing my meandering way with a mere Sixty strolling miles stretching elastically ahead. The long walk begins – The mind freshens and explodes wide To the nighttime silhouettes and starry vistas Where trees...
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