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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Cultural Issues

Safeguarding a Generation of Children from Over-diagnosis and Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs

Our children are our collective messengers to a future that we will neither see nor inhabit. What messages do we, as a progressive society, want to transmit to future generations about the way we have chosen to treat children with behavioral differences today? Our society – in the form of an increasing number of...
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Diagnosis in Practice

Madness as Search for Authenticity

From self experiences that span many an episode of ‘expansion of ego boundaries’, and which got labeled as psychosis or ‘bipolar disorder’  the current researcher proposes that what is labeled as ‘mental illness’ is in fact a search for the authentic self of the afflicted individual. If this sudden expansion, is then allowed to...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Are “More” Categories Appropriate for Diagnostics?: Some Preliminary Concerns

Is “more” better? This question first sparked my interest as I watch a television commercial promoting a mobile phone service. The advertisement asked children “what is better having more or less”. In a series of non-sensible rambling, the child argued because people want more, more is better. Given this series of statements that both...
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Pressing Issues

The “Mental Illness” Paradigm: Itself an “Illness” that is Out of Control

For those of you who haven’t read this story in the New York Times, I highly recommend it. It is essentially a woman’s (Linda Logan’s) rich and moving autobiographical account of her struggle with “bipolar disorder.” The main message that I imagine most people will take away from this story is that the current...
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Contrarian Concepts

What Do Antidepressants Prove?

One of the pieces of “evidence” used to support the current model of mental health labeling has to do with the supposed relationship between the presence of a “disease” and the availability of a “drug” that treats that disease. In a sense, drugs verify diseases. Consider antidepressants. It’s easy enough for both lay folks...
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Current Status of Dx

Toward an In-Person Summit

While DxSummit continues to offer opportunities for critique of traditional DSM-style diagnosis, its main goal has been to provide a place for the discussion of diagnostic alternatives. To wit, many posts have attempted to sketch out, in basic form, what diagnosis in the helping professions might look like in the future. Some of the...
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