When seemingly everyone has a DSM disorder, how do we find out what's actually going on?
Great piece really delving into the diagnosis as a tool to help ppl especially teens gain power and understanding both in the context of the diagnosis and outside/rejecting it.
I might add that I think the most disempowering agents in the mental health world (except those paying out of pocket) in the United States and elsewhere are insurance companies who will always require and interrogate diagnosis. Without this grey cloud hanging over mental health providers we could expand into a much more interesting practice environment where diagnosis as a concept could be rejected.
Thank you for sharing this thoughtful piece on under-discussed and complex topic. I like how the author outlines the new balancing act for providers, between validating and exploring (aka challenging) a client's strong identification with a diagnosis. This is great.
This diagnosis-driven culture and language is scary to think about, because the confirmation bias at play here affects clients, non-clients, and providers alike. Everyone is seeing the affected party through biased glasses! Sometimes it's even the wrong pair!
Loved this. I had an experience similar to that of the panic attack girl -- i appreciate this very thoughtful and nuanced essay. It's spot on.
I really enjoyed this. Thank you!
This is a wonderful piece. Thanks so much for sharing!
Not sure what to think of this one.