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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Critiques of Diagnosis

Are “More” Categories Appropriate for Diagnostics?: Some Preliminary Concerns

Is “more” better? This question first sparked my interest as I watch a television commercial promoting a mobile phone service. The advertisement asked children “what is better having more or less”. In a series of non-sensible rambling, the child argued because people want more, more is better. Given this series of statements that both...
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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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Critiques of Diagnosis

The United States of the Biomedical Model: Five Anecdotes

It is difficult to overstate the ubiquity and influence of the biomedical model that provides the foundation for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in the United States. As a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 15 years working in medical centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, a residential substance abuse treatment center,...
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Contrarian Concepts

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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