Cultural Issues

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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A Psychological Vision of Life Beyond the Disease Model

It’s easy to become jaded about academic conferences. You fly at enormous expense across many time-zones to enjoy the dubious delights of corporate tourism – natural Edens questionably enhanced by international capitalism with a thin veneer of local colour. To justify the tawdry tourism, we see poorly-attended seminars presenting work that hasn’t (yet) managed...
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Cultural Issues

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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My Question to the Participants of this Summit: What do you bring to this Platform?

While I was toying with what to write for this post, for many an idea tossed in my brain, but I needed more time to organize them, I thought I want to know what everyone who is here on the DxSummit is thinking, and it ought to be known to everyone else as well....
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Cultural Issues

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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Objections Invited to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM)

Deadline: November 15 In what follows here, I am forced to dip my toe into a very complex process that involves a lot of details.  I  beg pardon for any confusions this may create.  My purpose is to invite readers to contribute objections to the oversight committee for the International Classification of Diseases, in...
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Toward an In-Person Summit

While DxSummit continues to offer opportunities for critique of traditional DSM-style diagnosis, its main goal has been to provide a place for the discussion of diagnostic alternatives. To wit, many posts have attempted to sketch out, in basic form, what diagnosis in the helping professions might look like in the future. Some of the...
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