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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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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Contrarian Concepts

DSM-5’s Somatic Symptom Disorder: From Medical Enigma to Psychiatric Sphinx

From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at Zobeide, the white city, well exposed to the moon, with streets wound about themselves as in a skein. They tell this tale of its foundation: men of various nations had an identical dream. They saw a woman running at night through an unknown...
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Alternatives to DSM & ICD

Dr. Insel, or: How Psychiatry Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Biomarker

A Response to RDoC It’s difficult to write about psychiatric diagnosis these days. Not only because it’s a scientific quagmire, but also because one risks getting put into a box. Rhetoric in the clinical world is like a strange game of musical chairs where all battle for a coveted but constantly shifting throne called...
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