Cultural Issues

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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Cultural Issues

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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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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Pressing Issues

A biopsychosocial model based on negative feedback and control

Although the biopsychosocial model has been a popular topic of discussion for over four decades it has not had the traction in fields of research that might be expected of such an intuitively appealing idea. One reason for this might be the absence of an identified mechanism or a functional architecture that is authentically...
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Pressing Issues

Mental Health or Mental Illness: A Policy Concern

In December of 2013, Congressman Timothy Murphy proposed the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (HR 3717). The bill proposes an inherent distinction between “mental health” and “mental illness”. In essence, the bill proposes broad changes to the current mental health system. According to the Huffington Post, Congressman Murphy proposes to initiate an...
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Current Status of Dx

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

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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Cultural Issues

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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Pressing Issues

Neuroscientific psychiatry and the problem of consciousness

Psychiatric diagnosis and psychiatry is in crisis. Evidence of this is to be found in the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) decision not to use the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 published in May. It is also marked by the existence of DxSummit, as well as the critical responses to DSM-5 of organisations as...
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