Alternatives to DSM & ICD

How About a Diagnostic Alternative for Use in Talk Therapy?

On August 5 and 6, 2014, a group of roughly twenty persons met in Washington, DC for the First Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives. The gathering consisted mostly of psychologists, but social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy perspectives were also represented. The topic at hand was whether or not to push ahead with...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

The Communicational Factors Underlying the Mental Disorders

Very little has been said about the communicational factors underlying the mental disorders, which remains one of mankind’s most enduring mysteries. The widespread distribution of these disorders across the general population proves to be of crucial concern to the social safety net. Mental illness is primarily regarded as a physical disorder or a chemical imbalance,...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

What About Meaning?

DxSummit has seen several posts presenting exciting new ideas for classifying and diagnosing human problems. Peter Kinderman, for instance, has proposed a “problem list and formulation” approach in which clinicians list however many presenting problems a client brings to session. Jeffrey Rubin has put forward ideas for a “Classification and Statistical Manual of Mental...
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Diagnosis & Therapy

The Classification Versus Diagnosis Debate

There has been an interesting discussion going on at the International Diagnostic Summit (). Dr Tim Carey, in his thoughtful post, “DSM – Unfit for Purpose,” informs us that The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) …purports to be, first and foremost, a diagnostic manual. Diagnosis, as it is defined in Wikipedia,...
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Proposing Alternatives

The Classification and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Concerns: An Alternative to the DSM that is Practical and Consistent with the Principles of Science

I have been enjoying reading the various posts at the International Diagnostic Summit ().  There, readers can examine well-articulated descriptions of the numerous faults of the DSM.  At the same time, there is an understanding that criticism is far more useful when, in addition to pointing out the faults of something, it is combined...
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Current Status of Dx

Problems, Explanations, and Solutions

Politicians and the powerful often want you to think that “there is no alternative”. And one of the curious things about psychiatric diagnosis is that people seem to have great difficulty in contemplating an alternative way of doing things … despite the fact that alternatives are ubiquitous and straightforward. As I set out to...
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