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

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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Critiques of Diagnosis

Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome Was Not Actually Removed from DSM-5

What’s in a name? That which we call a diagnosis by any other name would be just as codable. Those following the DSM-5 controversies will remember the infamous “Psychosis Risk Syndrome,” considered to be the most controversial proposal for the new diagnostic manual. The idea behind the “disorder” category was to capture subthreshold psychotic symptoms...
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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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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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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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