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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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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Current Status of Dx

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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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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Pressing Issues

The “Mental Illness” Paradigm: Itself an “Illness” that is Out of Control

For those of you who haven’t read this story in the New York Times, I highly recommend it. It is essentially a woman’s (Linda Logan’s) rich and moving autobiographical account of her struggle with “bipolar disorder.” The main message that I imagine most people will take away from this story is that the current...
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Current Status of Dx

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way! (A Layman Perspective on Change)

The worthwhile discussions of DxSummit may be rendered meaningless if not accompanied by a plan of action reflecting the insights generated here.  This article proposes a plan of action for comment and refinement. Introduction I write this article out of a mixture of feelings and perceptions concerning DxSummit and its contributors. I’ve been visiting...
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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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