Posts tagged with the category Diagnostic fiascos
The silly futurism of market oriented psychologists
The problem with psychology is that it doesn’t keep up with the latest fads.
That was the conclusion of a panel discussion covered by the APA Monitor. Recommendations for the future of psychology included the inevitable “pay more attention to key markets,” “embrace technology” like Twitter (maybe you...
Reorientation Therapy has it all wrong: trading sexuality for spirituality diminishes both
Even 35 years after the American Psychiatric Association declared that homosexuality was not a mental disorder it seems that there is still some idea that being attracted to the same sex is a sickness.
Dr. Marcus Bachman, husband of Representative Michelle Bachman and president of Bachmann and Associations, a mental health clinic based in...
Proposed disorder provles: "Diagnosing" kids a lot easier than understanding how to help them
Being a parent is an incredible journey filled with joy, pain, confusion, hope, stress and just a flood of emotions that most new parents never imagined they would experience.
There is nothing more frightening than to witness with grief and fear your child suffer within their own minds.
Parents want to know what is happening and how to help their...
Psychiatry and clinical psychology have failed. Here's how we do better.
This has been a bad week for mental illness.
According to the New York Times, five of the current ten “personality disorders” will not be included in the next publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The most controversial to be cut is “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” – the...
The treatments for anxiety can be much, much, worse than the "disease"
Epidemiologists suggest that some eighteen percent of the American population struggles with anxiety each year. Does that make you nervous?
What makes me nervous is that that BigPharma is handing out little white pills to deal with this problem ... and instead of helping anxiety, these pills are funding the vacation homes of corporate...
We're not so crazy: fight psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry for your mind
According to epidemiologists 30% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in 2011. That’s disturbing enough, but this is also the year when the definition of what a so-called “mental illness” is could change. You could be mentally ill right now - and if the pharmaceutical companies get their way, you certainly...
The stigma attached to "mental illness" is unfair, unjust ... and unchanged
Research has shown that there is little to no relationship between “mental illness” and violent behavior.
But try telling the public that.
Stereotypes are powerful, and not only is this one a thousand of years old, but it’s reinforced every night on prime time when cop shows and procedural dramas portray schizophrenic or...
That sudden, awful, impulse you just had might mean something after all
Let’s admit it: we’ve all had some really bad impulses.
Shouting at a lecturer, running in traffic, stealing an inadvisable kiss … who hasn’t had a sudden, mad, urge to do the unthinkable?
It’s a basic fact of human life, and once again evolutionary psychology is claiming to have explained it. ...
You are not your brain
Where is your brain?
Well, of course it’s in your head.
Your mind is in the same place, right? Well, not so fast…
As a recent article in the New York Times asks, “Is it possible that, sometimes at least, some of the activity that enables us to be the thinking, knowing, agents that we are occurs outside the brain?”
Love is a many splendored ... chemical?
Of all the emotions, love is surely the most talked about – and the hardest to explain.
Unless you’re a neurologist, that is: January saw several publications claiming that love was entirely explainable by neurochemical reactions.
“Love: Neuroscience reveals all,” reads a headline in the journal...
The search for meaning is NOT a mental illness
Something is wrong in the world of psychiatry.
It’s not just that the new edition of the medical profession’s Bible, the DSM 5, was originally due to be released in 2012, but has now been delayed to 2013. It’s that the whole reason a new DSM is deemed necessary is that we’ve made recent advances in neuroscience, molecular...