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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Current Status of Dx

Toward an In-Person Summit

While DxSummit continues to offer opportunities for critique of traditional DSM-style diagnosis, its main goal has been to provide a place for the discussion of diagnostic alternatives. To wit, many posts have attempted to sketch out, in basic form, what diagnosis in the helping professions might look like in the future. Some of the...
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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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Critiques of Diagnosis

Humanizing Mental Health: Existentialism and the DSM-5

What is the link between existentialism and a manual that gives most people on the planet their mental health diagnoses? From Major Depressive Disorder, to ADHD, to Asperger’s Syndrome, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the book in which psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals find the codes needed that...
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Pressing Issues

DxSummit Officially Launches

DSM-5 Is Widely Criticized, and Pursuit Of Alternatives in Mental Health Care Is Underway For Immediate Release: The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association is being released on May 22, 2013. It is the fifth revision of this widely influential manual for diagnosing mental distress and illness, and has been...
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