Cultural Issues

The Medicalization of Children’s Normal Healthy Behavior by Big Pharma

The practice of medicating children with large doses of toxic and potentially dangerous drugs in response to questionable diagnoses is an international scandal that endangers these vulnerable clients and their long term best interests. The Mental Health Capital of a society is enhanced by its equality of opportunity across social groupings, cultural diversity, creative...
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Far from Rotten in the State of Denmark

Psychotropic Drugs and their Use as Agents of  Social Control and Alternative Philosophies in some Western Societies Many international surveys, such as the one done by the World Health Organisation in 2009, show Denmark in a very positive light in terms of its Welfare State and treatment of vulnerable groups in society. Renowned as...
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Cultural Issues

Safeguarding a Generation of Children from Over-diagnosis and Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs

Our children are our collective messengers to a future that we will neither see nor inhabit. What messages do we, as a progressive society, want to transmit to future generations about the way we have chosen to treat children with behavioral differences today? Our society – in the form of an increasing number of...
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Cultural Issues

The S-Word: Shame as a Key to Modern Societies

This study seeks to reclaim the many fields of study of shame that so far have used alternate terms, such as honor, stigma, fear of rejection, disrespect, and so on. Although there is a literature on shame, it is dwarfed by the many studies that use other terms. The s-word, like the f-word, seems...
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Cultural Issues

Trauma Nation?

Medicine is where hope is alive and well in America. During the past fifty years, due to rapid advances in microbiology, many persons who once might have died prematurely, or suffered from debilitating diseases or disorders, instead enjoy productive lives, albeit often with chronic illnesses to manage. Through its near-miracle successes, the field has...
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Cultural Issues

The Failure of Diagnostic Psychiatry and Some Prospects of Scientific Progress Offered by Critical Realism

A brief overview is provided of sociological and historical critiques of Western psychiatry before focusing on pre-empirical, non-empirical and empirical aspects of psychiatric diagnosis. These are then discussed by using the analytical devices of the ontic fallacy, the epistemic fallacy and generative mechanisms. It is concluded that mental disorders do not really exist but...
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Cultural Issues

Defining Mental Disorders Doesn’t Make Them Exist

No one really doubts the phenomena of birds and bees. But to call birds and bees miracles and to create a miracle-maker God who created them is a certain kind of fraudulent leap. No one really doubts the phenomena of sadness and worry. But to call them symptoms of mental disorders is exactly the same...
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Cultural Issues

A Cycle of Progressive Infirmity

As I see it, there is a cyclical process at work in society that functions to expand the population of the “mentally ill”, along with the costs of treatment, in an ever increasing degree. In effect, without major changes in conceptions, practices, and policies, we confront a process of exponentially increasing infirmity, with an...
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