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 & 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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Diagnosis & Therapy

Intensive Brain Training Plus Physical Activity Equals Results

Getting the balance for innovation, ideas and brain function may be as easy as working out your brain, body and getting stress free time and quality sleep.  We are never too old to learn, the brain remains functional and flexible throughout life. In the cognitively impaired the neuro-modulatory systems may be compromised due to...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The South Downs Way – A Metaphor for Recovery of Self

The day was dusking and night was fretting in From sea to shore as it had done many many times before, Shadowing my meandering way with a mere Sixty strolling miles stretching elastically ahead. The long walk begins – The mind freshens and explodes wide To the nighttime silhouettes and starry vistas Where trees...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Lauren Deville

After reading her article on the Tuscon Citizen‘s website, I sat down with Dr. Lauren Deville to find out if benzodiazepines and antidepressants are making us sicker. Link to original article:  Dr. Lauren Deville is a board-certified Naturopathic physician in Tuscon, Arizona. To find out more about her practice visit: 
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The End of Clients

I’ve previously written about why folks who come in looking for mental health services shouldn’t be labeled patients. First, the transaction isn’t a genuinely medical one (even if so-called “drugs” are often prescribed). Second, non-medical personnel like psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and family therapists shouldn’t have “patients.” Third, the word stigmatizes the “suddenly...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

A Distant Son: A Story about Over-medication of a Loved One

The city  where I  was born was middle England at its middling-est, and it was a normal day in January when the snowflakes drifted randomly and pasteurised the flat urban-scape. My childhood was a happy go lucky, nurtured in the womb of normality,  sort of childhood with doting parents and a besotted brace of...
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