Cultural Issues

Using Ethical Guidelines to Effectively Challenge Over-prescribing Psychotropics for Children

In all countries there will be ethical and professional guidelines that support a psychologist or any mental health worker’s ability to professionally challenge practice that they have major concerns about to better safeguard the children with whom they jointly work. In the psychologists as members of the Health Care Professions Council have, we...
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The Case of Tina and Bruce: An Introduction

I will start my recent post by presenting two clinical examples. Names are changed to maintain anonymity. The client (Tina) enters the room to discuss her anxiety, inability to concentrate, and an overwhelming feeling that others continue to speak ill of her. These symptoms contribute to constant behavioral impediments and cognitive dysfunction. As she...
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The Normalization of Difference in Our Children

How in a Progressive Society we use this to Minimize the Excessive and Erroneous Diagnostic Labeling of Childhood Behaviors. A starting point for all my professional involvements with children to help engage them positively in the process, is what I call the Normalising Conversation. This is an ongoing process which one revisits and develops each...
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The Peril is Not Mental Illness but The Polarized Mind

The fanatic is perpetually incomplete and insecure.  He cannot generate self-assurance…but finds it only by clinging passionately to whatever support he happens to embrace. -Eric Hoffer (1951) There is a reason that many of the most twisted and destructive people on this planet are not seen as “mental patients.”  They tend to be ordinary...
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All around the World

Everyday children are being harmed by over-prescribing psychotropic drugs. A child leaves alone. Once clinicked, Having been white coated Or diagnosed all too quickly; Milgrammed – Not with higher voltage But with a higher dosage, Than any child should be given At such a vulnerable growth stage, As it interferes with their living….. Their...
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What’s in a Name? The Effects of Receiving a Mental Health Diagnosis

With diagnostic categories on the incline I find it increasingly important to qualitatively research how a person who has received a mental health diagnosis in their culture is affected throughout their life. I will attempt to examine this in the following piece through the work of several scholars in the field, some of which...
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Emotions: Finding a Path through the Chaos of Current Beliefs

Understanding the realm of emotions is beset by an elemental difficulty: the meaning of words that refer to emotion are so ambiguous that we hardly know what we are talking about. Virginia Woolf stated it succinctly: “The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted” (1922). Compared to maps of the...
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The Influence of the American Mental Health Paradigm Cross-Culturally

Since its first publication in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has influenced the teaching, research, and clinical practice of mental health. The first manual’s 108 diagnostic categories have more than tripled over the years as the validity of the book continues to be called into question (Rogler, 1997). The...
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Collaborative Alternatives to Diagnosis and Drugs: An Opening Conference

This is first to alert you to a conference taking place in Drammen, Norway, June 26-28, 2014. Beyond the Therapeutic State Collaborative Practices for Individual and Social change To fill out the picture: Mental health costs are soaring, drug prescriptions skyrocketing, diagnostic categories multiplying, and an ever-increasing number of people believe they are mentally...
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