Alternatives to DSM & ICD

Reclaiming Diagnosis

The stated mission of DxSummit is “to generate a transdisciplinary, international, egalitarian conversation about the possibility, feasibility, and potential implications of new means for conceptualizing mental distress” (). For me, the goal is to reclaim the term “diagnosis” for psychotherapists and counselors in order to think about it in new and more generative ways....
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Critiques of Diagnosis

Protest Psychiatry

A group of psychiatric survivors leads an inspiring protest against the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York City. They protest over-medication, dangerous psych drugs, forced treatment of all types, ECT (electroshock), lack of real therapy, the Murphy Bill, and #FREEJUSTINA. They are some of the most inspiring people I know!    ...
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Cultural Issues

The Peril is Not Mental Illness but The Polarized Mind

The fanatic is perpetually incomplete and insecure.  He cannot generate self-assurance…but finds it only by clinging passionately to whatever support he happens to embrace. -Eric Hoffer (1951) There is a reason that many of the most twisted and destructive people on this planet are not seen as “mental patients.”  They tend to be ordinary...
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Contrarian Concepts

Dubious Diagnostic Disorders Demonise our Children and Can Cause Long-term Psychological and Physical Harm

Since the ‘Psychiatrists’ Bible,’ DSM-5 was published in May 2013, children are leaving clinics everyday around the Western World with stigmatising and often unhelpful labels of mental disorders tied tightly around their young necks. See my, ‘All around the world’ poem earlier this month. We know from the field of Attribution Theory that people...
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