Diagnosis in Practice

What we can learn from Michel Foucault

  A key figure in critical discussions on psychiatry during the 1960 and 1970s was French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. In his 1965 book Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason Foucault analyses how society dealt with insanity throughout history, focusing on the Renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth...
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Cultural Issues

All around the World

Everyday children are being harmed by over-prescribing psychotropic drugs. A child leaves alone. Once clinicked, Having been white coated Or diagnosed all too quickly; Milgrammed – Not with higher voltage But with a higher dosage, Than any child should be given At such a vulnerable growth stage, As it interferes with their living….. Their...
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Defining Disorder

Replacing Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists

During World War II 60,000,000 people died, of the world’s population. The Soviet Union alone lost between 18,000,000 and 24,000,000 lives. Germany lost between 7,000,000 and 9,000,000, upwards of 10% of its population. Europe’s Jewish population was reduced by between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000, or 55% of European Jewry. A country like Portugal lost...
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Cultural Issues

What’s in a Name? The Effects of Receiving a Mental Health Diagnosis

With diagnostic categories on the incline I find it increasingly important to qualitatively research how a person who has received a mental health diagnosis in their culture is affected throughout their life. I will attempt to examine this in the following piece through the work of several scholars in the field, some of which...
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Proposing Alternatives

Can DSM Diagnoses Be Other Than Pejorative?

Name calling. Cursing. Yelling when a calmer tone could deliver the same message. Who of us at times doesn’t act outside the boundaries of civility and compassion? The material world often gets the brunt of such outbursts. My earlier work writing computer programs in Fortran left me with a childish wish to inflict pain...
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Critiques of Diagnosis

The Unavoidable Biases of ADHD

This argument takes as its reference the definition of ADHD provided in the DSM-5; we refer the reader to this classification because of its authoritative status in clinical and pharmacological research, in randomized controlled trials (RCT) used in epidemiology, but also increasingly – and sadly – in clinical practice. Why do we raise...
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