Diagnosis & Therapy

Open Data, Patient Perception and Experience With Evidence

Fred Lee shares on uncommon connections and shared decision-making in medicine. Standardization and service are not enough. We all want to be more than a number. Experience in medicine shared decision-making matters. Can we make healthcare more like Disney World by focusing on experience and perception rather than entertainment or satisfaction scores. Let’s make...
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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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Contrarian Concepts

DSM-5: Reactions and Implications

After a long period of anticipation, input, and debate, the ‘Bible’ of mental health/disability diagnostic labels has been updated for the first time since 1994. DSM-5 is being widely discussed in terms of its utility, assumptions, and implications for both mental health professionals and the public (‘consumers’). There has long been debate about various...
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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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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sharna Olfman

Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sharna Olfman about her research on the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and gets her take on the diagnostic changes associated with the disorder in the DSM-5. Dr. Olfman is a Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a licensed psychologist in private practice....
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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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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Sanford Newmark

Chloe Detrick interviews Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD, about his research on the subject of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his thoughts on the diagnostic changes in the DSM-5. Dr. Newmark is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. He is also the founder and head of the Center...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

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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