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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Critiques of Diagnosis

Speaking in Code

The recent publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has brought several new disorders into public consciousness while eliminating some old ones. As just two examples, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation disorder is in, but Asperger’s is out. The often-overlooked irony is that when it comes to diagnostic codes—the numeric or alphanumeric...
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Current Status of Dx

Language is Important – A Reply to Ronald Pies

Dr. Ronald Pies is, characteristically, correct in pointing out that language is important. Elegant language should be used to explain and contextualize the evidence of empirical research, not to obfuscate and not to serve as an alternative to scientific analysis. So I am sorry that Dr. Pies was confused, rather than inspired, by my essay....
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Current Status of Dx

So…What Happens Next?

The idea that we’re on the cusp of a major paradigmatic shift in our thinking about psychiatric disorders is gaining ground. The proposed revision of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders franchise – DSM-5 – has prompted world-wide debate and discussion. The debates have identified serious inadequacies in the...
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