Critiques of Diagnosis

A Report on Community Outreach: Lay Opinions on Emotional Distress and Diagnosis

For the past several years, the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy (ESI) and the Social Therapy Group (STG) have conducted surveys on mental health topics on the streets of New York City. These surveys are among the community-based and community-building activities of both organizations—one a non-profit education, research and training...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Protest Psychiatry

A group of psychiatric survivors leads an inspiring protest against the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York City. They protest over-medication, dangerous psych drugs, forced treatment of all types, ECT (electroshock), lack of real therapy, the Murphy Bill, and #FREEJUSTINA. They are some of the most inspiring people I know!    ...
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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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Critiques of Diagnosis

The Unavoidable Biases of ADHD

This argument takes as its reference the definition of ADHD provided in the DSM-5; we refer the reader to this classification because of its authoritative status in clinical and pharmacological research, in randomized controlled trials (RCT) used in epidemiology, but also increasingly – and sadly – in clinical practice. Why do we raise...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review

Palgrave Macmillan just published my book “Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review“. Below a summary of what I discuss: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is a widely used instrument for diagnosing psychopathology. The DSM is used for diverse purposes, including mental health care planning, insurance...
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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

The War on Grief

The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of time as a mental illness. This pathologizing of grief has ancient roots extending back at least as far as the Stoics, whose stern ascetic morality preached a perfect indifference that eschewed all passionate attachments....
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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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