Defining Disorder

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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Defining Disorder

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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Defining Disorder

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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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

DSM-5 Boycott Enters 2nd Phase: A Primer for the NO-DSM Diagnosis Campaign

Part I. DSM-5 Boycott Yes, the boycott of the DSM-5 continues. I can’t tell you how many fewer DSMs have so far been purchased as a result of the boycott; and conversations I have had with professionals in New York’s public mental health system lead me to believe that the great majority continue to...
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Defining Disorder

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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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

An Adjunct Reference or Replacement for DSM

This newly released reference work is defined as a 3-digit coding system in the vein of the DSM-5 and ICD-10 series intended as an adjunct reference source or replacement. THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE DCE – I (An Expanded Narrative Excerpt from the Introductory Chapter One of DCE – I) A modest number of...
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Defining Disorder

Finding Normal

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer – One. But only if the light bulb wants to change! It’s a cute joke but in the context of discussions about mental health disorders, a better answer might be: One. But only...
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Proposing Alternatives

“The Red Book”: A Primer For Healing Madness In A Mad World

Through his meticulous design of The Red Book, CG Jung interwove his experience of madness with the collective suffering of his era. Such syntheses are rare — and just what the current mental health field desperately needs. In what follows, I look at how The Red Book became Jung’s journey out of madness as well as the...
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