Diagnosis in Practice

Psychiatry Gone Astray

There still seems to be quite a bit of public controversy surrounding claims and counter-claims for the efficacy of anti-depressive and other psychotropic medications.  In a recent blog, Dr. David Healy — a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist and author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles — shows that this controversy is largely artificial, by exploding ten...
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Defining Disorder

A Tale of Two Epistemologies: How We Think about Human Suffering, Existential Pain, and Traumatic Injustice

Psychiatric treatments and most forms of psychotherapy (except family systems therapy) have in common that they are focused on the individual. Even very committed opponents of the DSM or any use of psychotropic medication in psychotherapy remain focused on the individual as the unit of attention and treatment. From that point of view, the...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Annus Horribilis for ADHD

Annus Horriblis  for ‘condition’ in 2013 Never in the field of scientific conflict has an ever increasing ‘many’ so actively opposed the views of the ever dwindling ‘few’ public advocates of  the questionable psychiatric diagnosis and medication, as in the case of ADHD, for the Safeguarding of  Children and other client groups. -Dave Traxson...
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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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Diagnosis in Practice

Beyond The Brain Training Plateau

Brain training for  surgical prowess, peak performance and cognitive rehabilitation is in the news. Real training is hard work but it is minimally invasive with no adverse prescription side effects  The best programs are targeted inspiring and doable because they are based on neuroscience, medicine and psychology. Great brain training in the hands of...
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Cultural Issues

The Influence of the American Mental Health Paradigm Cross-Culturally

Since its first publication in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has influenced the teaching, research, and clinical practice of mental health. The first manual’s 108 diagnostic categories have more than tripled over the years as the validity of the book continues to be called into question (Rogler, 1997). The...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Top Ten Questions

TOP TEN QUESTIONS FOR CHILD MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS TO CONSIDER FOR THEIR CLIENT GROUP REGARDING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS How can I best challenge the practice of prescribing psychotropic drugs to children with whom I co-work and about which I have ethical concerns? Do the Safeguarding Guidelines of my workplace or professional body apply equally to...
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Defining Disorder

A Broken Record Model of Mental Disorders

Our modern fast-paced society is lightheartedly labeled the neurotic generation, although most individuals manage to “roll with the punches.” The increasing number of individuals suffering psychotic episodes, however, present a quite different picture, a rigid mindset indicative of a dependency on such maladaptive perspectives. According to this novel interpretation, the mentally ill individual develops...
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