Diagnosis & Therapy

Intensive Brain Training Plus Physical Activity Equals Results

Getting the balance for innovation, ideas and brain function may be as easy as working out your brain, body and getting stress free time and quality sleep.  We are never too old to learn, the brain remains functional and flexible throughout life. In the cognitively impaired the neuro-modulatory systems may be compromised due to...
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Pressing Issues

Neuroscientific psychiatry and the problem of consciousness

Psychiatric diagnosis and psychiatry is in crisis. Evidence of this is to be found in the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) decision not to use the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 published in May. It is also marked by the existence of DxSummit, as well as the critical responses to DSM-5 of organisations as...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The South Downs Way – A Metaphor for Recovery of Self

The day was dusking and night was fretting in From sea to shore as it had done many many times before, Shadowing my meandering way with a mere Sixty strolling miles stretching elastically ahead. The long walk begins – The mind freshens and explodes wide To the nighttime silhouettes and starry vistas Where trees...
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Cultural Issues

Collaborative Alternatives to Diagnosis and Drugs: An Opening Conference

This is first to alert you to a conference taking place in Drammen, Norway, June 26-28, 2014. Beyond the Therapeutic State Collaborative Practices for Individual and Social change To fill out the picture: Mental health costs are soaring, drug prescriptions skyrocketing, diagnostic categories multiplying, and an ever-increasing number of people believe they are mentally...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Interview with Dr. Lauren Deville

After reading her article on the Tuscon Citizen‘s website, I sat down with Dr. Lauren Deville to find out if benzodiazepines and antidepressants are making us sicker. Link to original article:  Dr. Lauren Deville is a board-certified Naturopathic physician in Tuscon, Arizona. To find out more about her practice visit: 
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The End of Clients

I’ve previously written about why folks who come in looking for mental health services shouldn’t be labeled patients. First, the transaction isn’t a genuinely medical one (even if so-called “drugs” are often prescribed). Second, non-medical personnel like psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and family therapists shouldn’t have “patients.” Third, the word stigmatizes the “suddenly...
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Cultural Issues

The Medicalization of Children’s Normal Healthy Behavior by Big Pharma

The practice of medicating children with large doses of toxic and potentially dangerous drugs in response to questionable diagnoses is an international scandal that endangers these vulnerable clients and their long term best interests. The Mental Health Capital of a society is enhanced by its equality of opportunity across social groupings, cultural diversity, creative...
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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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Diagnosis & Therapy

A Distant Son: A Story about Over-medication of a Loved One

The city  where I  was born was middle England at its middling-est, and it was a normal day in January when the snowflakes drifted randomly and pasteurised the flat urban-scape. My childhood was a happy go lucky, nurtured in the womb of normality,  sort of childhood with doting parents and a besotted brace of...
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