Alternatives to DSM & ICD

Reclaiming Diagnosis

The stated mission of DxSummit is “to generate a transdisciplinary, international, egalitarian conversation about the possibility, feasibility, and potential implications of new means for conceptualizing mental distress” (). For me, the goal is to reclaim the term “diagnosis” for psychotherapists and counselors in order to think about it in new and more generative ways....
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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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Proposing Alternatives

A Tale of Two Epistemologies: Part 2

Thinking, Living and Practicing in Two Worldviews Relational Epistemology informs Justice oriented Clinical Practice As may be evident from the reflections in part 1, we think, live, and practice in two worldviews or epistemologies, the “scientific” “objective Realism” paradigm and the relational perspectival paradigm. We are more familiar with the former, underlying our not...
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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 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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Defining Disorder

Time for a New Tale: 411.07, Privileged Dystopian Syndrome

It is time for a new tale I’m proposing a novel diagnosis for the DSM-6. Yes, , Privileged Dystopian Syndrome. I hope the APA will move swiftly and assemble a committee to review this new proposal. In fact, throughout recent history, there are vast examples of how this sociomedical disease has wreaked havoc on individuals...
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