Alternatives to DSM & ICD

The ‘No Labeling’ Alternative

I believe it is morally wrong and intellectually shoddy to “diagnose” someone because he hates his job, finds his subjects in school boring, becomes paralyzed in the face of hard choices, or is made severely anxious by his lack of success. These and a million similar human experiences are not “symptoms of mental disorders”...
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Replacing Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists

During World War II 60,000,000 people died, of the world’s population. The Soviet Union alone lost between 18,000,000 and 24,000,000 lives. Germany lost between 7,000,000 and 9,000,000, upwards of 10% of its population. Europe’s Jewish population was reduced by between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000, or 55% of European Jewry. A country like Portugal lost...
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The 12 Vital Questions of Mental Health – An Article and Interview with Eric Maisel

Naturally we human beings want to move from not knowing to knowledge. We want to move from not knowing how to cure a disease to finding a cure for that disease. We want to move from not knowing how to desalinate the oceans to knowing how to produce an inexhaustible supply of drinking water....
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

The One-On-One Program: A Remarkable Alternative to the Psychiatric Drugging of Our Youth

Today, when parents express a concern about their youth’s behavior, mood or attention span to a physician, typically within a matter of minutes this expressed concern is translated into a mental illness conceptualization using the DSM.  The parents are then sent on their way, prescription in hand. For those of us who believe that...
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A Tale of Two Epistemologies: How We Think about Human Suffering, Existential Pain, and Traumatic Injustice

Psychiatric treatments and most forms of psychotherapy (except family systems therapy) have in common that they are focused on the individual. Even very committed opponents of the DSM or any use of psychotropic medication in psychotherapy remain focused on the individual as the unit of attention and treatment. From that point of view, the...
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Towards a Process-Oriented Understanding of Stress

I once read an amusing anecdote. The joke stated: “How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” “One, but only if the light bulb really wants to change.” I found the joke amusing for two reasons. First, “change” opens a wide array of professional, clinical, and diagnostic questions. Of course, clinicians would...
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A Broken Record Model of Mental Disorders

Our modern fast-paced society is lightheartedly labeled the neurotic generation, although most individuals manage to “roll with the punches.” The increasing number of individuals suffering psychotic episodes, however, present a quite different picture, a rigid mindset indicative of a dependency on such maladaptive perspectives. According to this novel interpretation, the mentally ill individual develops...
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A Commentary for the Holistic Politico-Psychological Model

For the solution-focused discussion of a child’s mental health needs and their well being within the context of a multi-professional planning or child in need meeting What we require as professionals is a naturalistic narrative about a client’s needs and opportunities for change rather than  a dysfunctional discussion of dubiously diagnosed disorders. -Dave Traxson,...
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