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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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Where are the Social Workers?

One Social Worker’s Road to Active Opposition to the New DSM In November, 2011, the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) sent their infamous Open Letter to the DSM-5 Task Force (Locke, 2011). When I read it shortly after it was posted on the...
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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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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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Letting Boys Be Boys, Not ADHD Diagnoses

On April 1, The New York Times reported on the startling fact that 11% of children in the United States are now diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One in five young males of high school age now have the diagnosis. Among children between the ages of 4 and 17, million now bear the ADHD...
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Innocent Dangers: Simply Asking the Questions

“Has your child been evaluated for ADHD?” Many variations of this seemingly innocent question often serve as the beginning of a dangerous progression. Quite often, teachers, childcare workers, and even physicians untrained in understanding and diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ask this question to parents.  However, frequently this question serves as more than...
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