Alternatives to DSM & ICD

Alternatives to Psychiatric Diagnosis: Psychological Formulation

I am pleased to have the opportunity to follow up some of the themes that have already appeared on this site, and to offer an outline of one possible alternative to psychiatric diagnosis: psychological formulation. First, I will supply some context from the UK. Background to the UK Division of Clinical Psychology’s call for...
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The Relational Diagnostic Assessment: A Peek At An Alternative

Working primarily with inner-city adolescents and their families since the mid-1970s, my colleagues and I at Change Inc. have developed a “common factors” approach to diagnosis and treatment that draws on the foundational theories reflective of relational, contextual and systemic mental health approaches. Our work emphasizes increasing the therapist’s awareness of the therapeutic relationship and encouraging...
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Towards a Universal Needs-Based System of Assessment

I’ve just recently become a member of the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives, and I’ve really been enjoying the articles that I’ve read so far, appreciating that many of the authors here clearly share many of the same concerns and aspirations that I do. I found myself particularly appreciating the systems proposed by Peter...
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The Communicational Factors Underlying the Mental Disorders

Very little has been said about the communicational factors underlying the mental disorders, which remains one of mankind’s most enduring mysteries. The widespread distribution of these disorders across the general population proves to be of crucial concern to the social safety net. Mental illness is primarily regarded as a physical disorder or a chemical imbalance,...
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Mental Health and Control: Consideration of a Genuine Paradigm Change

There is widespread agreement in the mental health field that change is required. There is much less agreement, however, on what it is that needs to change. Some have gone so far as to call for a paradigm shift, although it’s not entirely clear what paradigm we are currently in much less which paradigm...
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After the DSM-5, Then What? The Future of Diagnosis in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

Part I. The Context: Overwhelmingly Negative Reactions to Publication of DSM-5 This week, the American Psychiatric Association is holding its annual convention in San Francisco, and this is not your ordinary gathering of psychiatrists. This convention inaugurates the launching of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the...
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Dr. Insel, or: How Psychiatry Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Biomarker

A Response to RDoC It’s difficult to write about psychiatric diagnosis these days. Not only because it’s a scientific quagmire, but also because one risks getting put into a box. Rhetoric in the clinical world is like a strange game of musical chairs where all battle for a coveted but constantly shifting throne called...
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