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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Diagnosis in Practice

Mental Suffering and the DSM-5

  In his writings on the topic of diagnosis, the French philosopher and physician Georges Canguilhem makes a crucial distinction between pathology and abnormality, thus paving the way for the studies of his student Michel Foucault on the topics of psychiatric power and biopolitics. In Canguilhem’s view, decision making about normality and abnormality is generally...
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Diagnosis in Practice

What we can learn from Michel Foucault

  A key figure in critical discussions on psychiatry during the 1960 and 1970s was French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. In his 1965 book Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason Foucault analyses how society dealt with insanity throughout history, focusing on the Renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Lack of Cooperation Disorder

Let’s talk frankly. Are you really very interested in reducing your emotional distress? Do you really want to feel better? What if feeling better requires that you change your daily habits, change your habits of mind, change your circumstances, upgrade your personality, and work like the Dickens? I mean, seriously—are you up for that?...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Relational Diagnosis: Navigating Muddles

The central problem in all the diagnostic schemes is to figure out how to avoid a confusion of logical types so that a muddle does not result. That said, there are some critical and general issues to consider: 1) Is “medical care” about “treating disease” or is it about “promoting wellbeing” absence of...
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Diagnosis in Practice

Psychiatry Gone Astray

There still seems to be quite a bit of public controversy surrounding claims and counter-claims for the efficacy of anti-depressive and other psychotropic medications.  In a recent blog, Dr. David Healy — a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist and author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles — shows that this controversy is largely artificial, by exploding ten...
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Diagnosis in Practice

Beyond The Brain Training Plateau

Brain training for  surgical prowess, peak performance and cognitive rehabilitation is in the news. Real training is hard work but it is minimally invasive with no adverse prescription side effects  The best programs are targeted inspiring and doable because they are based on neuroscience, medicine and psychology. Great brain training in the hands of...
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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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