Friday, February 3, 2023

Tag: psychiatric diagnosis

From Labeled to Healer: A Road Less Traveled

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We have let down our children (and ourselves) by losing touch with parental intuition and handing their care over to professionals at the first sign of a problem.

Kenneth Kendler: “Implausible” That Psychiatric Diagnoses Even “Approximately True”

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In JAMA Psychiatry, prominent psychiatrist Kenneth Kendler writes that psychiatric diagnoses are “working hypotheses, subject to change.”

Why Some Experts and Patients Want to Rename Schizophrenia: Interview with...

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MIA interviews Matcheri Keshavan and Raquelle Mesholam-Gately on their research with service users and consumers on renaming schizophrenia.

Moving Mental Health Work Away from Diagnosis: Sarah Kamens and Peter...

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MIA's Justin Karter interviews two leaders of the Task Force on Diagnostic Alternatives, a group of mental health professionals who have issued an open letter demanding a new look at psychiatric diagnosis.

The Hopkins Doctor Diagnoses Me by Ann Bracken

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The Hopkins psychiatrist glances up at me, then looks at my chart. “I remember the first time—and the second—when the depression lifted I felt like a party girl.” How long did that last? “A couple of days…three, maybe.” That’s a couple of days too long. You have all the signs of bipolar II.

How Race and Class Impact Schizophrenia and Substance-Use Diagnoses

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A new article explores how psychiatric diagnoses are differentially applied to people of different racial and class backgrounds.

Q&A: Can My Child’s Psychiatric Diagnosis Be Voided?

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My son recently had a first psychotic episode due to excessive marijuana use and a head injury. He is currently in legal trouble for hitting a staffer while involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. Doctors now say he shows no sign of mental illness. He wants to get the charges dropped and go to rehab. Is there any way to have a psychiatric diagnosis voided?

Constructing Alternatives to the DSM: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Raskin

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Dr. Raskin discusses psychotherapists’ dissatisfaction with current psychiatric diagnostic systems and explores alternatives.

7 Tasks for a Parent Whose Child Is Diagnosed with a...

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When I teach workshops or lead discussions on coming off psychiatric drugs and alternatives, there are invariably parents present who are at loose ends. They want to know how best to help their children, and how it can be possible for their child to live without medication. Here are seven ideas I share with them that may also help you.

The Effect of Psychiatric Diagnosis on Young People’s Sense of Self...

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A new review highlights the effects that psychiatric diagnosis has on children and adolescents’ social relationships and views of self.

What’s New in the International Classification of Diseases?

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From Psychology Today: "Most of the initial news coverage of the ICD-11's release focused on its inclusion of a new mental disorder called gaming disorder...However, while gaming disorder...

Mental Health Apps Overdiagnose, Steer Toward Self-Help

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From MobiHealthNews: "'We identified two dominant messages about mental health: one, poor or fragile mental health is ubiquitous; and two, individuals can easily manage their...

The Women’s Libido Pill is Back, and So is the Controversy

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From Bloomberg: "The counterattack against the drug has been furious, and in many instances led by women. These forces contend that one woman’s sexual abnormal...

The Creation of an Illness: Video Games and Defining Addiction

Part of what we mean when we say something is socially constructed is that the existence of an entity, in this case a specific medical condition, partly or wholly depends on certain social attitudes, beliefs, or reactions towards that entity. In this particular case, a mental illness exists if and only if it causes certain types of distress that we get to define.

Pursuing Choice, Not Truth: Debates Around Diagnosis

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From Asylum: "Once we opt for a single story around mental health, whether that’s the story of illness, or the story of trauma, then...

Can Precision Medicine Work for Depression?

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From STAT: The idea of using precision medicine to treat depression is quickly gaining new ground. But many researchers and experts worry that the idea...

D Is For Diagnosis

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In this episode of BBC Radio's Four Thought, child and adolescent psychiatrist Ann York discusses the benefits and potential pitfalls of psychiatric diagnoses and shares her...

Call for Client Inclusion in Recovery-Focused Psychiatric Diagnosis

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A new review, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, examines the perspectives of clinicians and service-users on psychiatric diagnosis.

The Nazi History Behind “Asperger”

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From The New York Times: Although the official diagnosis of Asperger's disorder has recently been dropped from the DSM, it is still included in the...

Psychiatric Diagnosis Can Lead to Epistemic Injustice, Researchers Claim

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A discussion of the role of epistemic injustice in the experiences of patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders.

Medicine Can Soothe a Troubled Mind, but Not Without Costs

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From The New York Times: In a new book, Blue Dreams, psychologist and patient Lauren Slater critiques the drug-based model of psychiatric care, debunking the chemical...

Study Explores Meanings of Bipolar Disorder to Those Diagnosed

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The narratives about Bipolar Disorder promoted by drug companies may influence how those diagnosed understand themselves.

Mental Illness Weaponry and Shrink Hypocrisy

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In this piece for CounterPunch, Bruce Levine critiques the pervasive hypocrisy among U.S. mental health professionals, who on one hand claim they hope to abolish the...

Appeal for Principle Before Rule, and Uniform Application of Rules

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In this blog post for Bioethics.net, Dr. Brandy X. Lee, editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a...

Is Everything Johann Hari Knows About Depression Wrong?

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In this piece for The Guardian, Dean Burnett critiques Johann Hari's new book challenging what we know about depression. According to Burnett, many of the points...