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 in Practice

Madness as Search for Authenticity

From self experiences that span many an episode of ‘expansion of ego boundaries’, and which got labeled as psychosis or ‘bipolar disorder’  the current researcher proposes that what is labeled as ‘mental illness’ is in fact a search for the authentic self of the afflicted individual. If this sudden expansion, is then allowed to...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sharna Olfman

Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sharna Olfman about her research on the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and gets her take on the diagnostic changes associated with the disorder in the DSM-5. Dr. Olfman is a Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a licensed psychologist in private practice....
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Side-Effects of Medical Encounters: the Pride/Shame System

Although seldom considered, medical encounters may have emotional effects on a client and/or the client’s social network. This essay expands upon a brief earlier statement by the physician Aaron Lazare (1987) who noted several ways that medical encounters may produce shame. The main point in this note is that ALL social encounters, not just...
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