Category Archives: The Medicalization of Mental Health

The Shame in Mental Illness

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My recent posts got me to thinking about the term mental illness and how stigma-laden it remains to this day. As a society, we’ve come a long way from the bad old days when most people were too ashamed to … Continue reading

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Antisocial Personality Disorder: The Sociopath Next Door

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I’ve been reading The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout — an excellent and yet frustrating book about antisocial personality disorder. Stout’s engaging style and in-depth clinical experience with victims of sociopathic predators bring the subject to vivid life. The … Continue reading

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Childhood ADHD: Over-Diagnosed or Under-Treated?

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I was planning to write an overview of the recent controversy in this area concerning frequency of childhood ADHD diagnosis and treatment with stimulant medication.  This very lively exchange of expert and personal views was touched off by a New … Continue reading

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ADHD Symptoms Revisited

A reconsideration of Alan Sroufe’s article in the New York Times about ADHD symptoms, as well as the rebuttals and reactions from Harold S. Koplewicz and Judth Warner. Continue reading

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ADHD Symptoms and Their Treatment: Drugs Don’t Work

Recent studies have shown that there is no evidence to support the “inborn defect” theory of attention deficit disorder, and that drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall have no lasting effect on ADHD symptoms. Continue reading

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