Critiques of Diagnosis

Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review

Palgrave Macmillan just published my book “Diagnosis and the DSM: A Critical Review“. Below a summary of what I discuss: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is a widely used instrument for diagnosing psychopathology. The DSM is used for diverse purposes, including mental health care planning, insurance...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Lack of Cooperation Disorder

Let’s talk frankly. Are you really very interested in reducing your emotional distress? Do you really want to feel better? What if feeling better requires that you change your daily habits, change your habits of mind, change your circumstances, upgrade your personality, and work like the Dickens? I mean, seriously—are you up for that?...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

Relational Diagnosis: Navigating Muddles

The central problem in all the diagnostic schemes is to figure out how to avoid a confusion of logical types so that a muddle does not result. That said, there are some critical and general issues to consider: 1) Is “medical care” about “treating disease” or is it about “promoting wellbeing” absence of...
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Defining Disorder

The 12 Vital Questions of Mental Health – An Article and Interview with Eric Maisel

Naturally we human beings want to move from not knowing to knowledge. We want to move from not knowing how to cure a disease to finding a cure for that disease. We want to move from not knowing how to desalinate the oceans to knowing how to produce an inexhaustible supply of drinking water....
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Pressing Issues

A biopsychosocial model based on negative feedback and control

Although the biopsychosocial model has been a popular topic of discussion for over four decades it has not had the traction in fields of research that might be expected of such an intuitively appealing idea. One reason for this might be the absence of an identified mechanism or a functional architecture that is authentically...
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