Abolish use of formal psychiatric diagnostic systems like ICD & DSM
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Abolish use of formal psychiatric diagnostic systems like ICD & DSM

    1. Sami Timimi
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      Sami Timimi

      Lincoln, United Kingdom

Psychiatric diagnoses are not valid.
Use of psychiatric diagnosis increases stigma.
Using psychiatric diagnosis does not aid treatment decisions.
Long term prognosis for mental health problems has got worse.
Psychiatric diagnosis imposes Western beliefs about mental distress on other cultures.
Alternative evidence based models for organizing effective mental health care are available.

To read the full evidence based arguments view the 'No More Psychiatric Labels' paper at http://www.criticalpsychiatry.net/?p=527 

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    • Richard Proffitt LEAMINGTON SPA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 18 days ago

      Gone is the time of being categorized and put in a box with a giant stigma attached for the convenience of (once) mainstream psychiatry.

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    • Petrine Severin FREDERIKSBERG, DENMARK
      • 25 days ago

      I have struggled with mental illness throughout my entire life. I'm now free of meds and working as a recovery mentor. Alternatives as systemic theory, narrative method and open dialogue paired with yoga, mindfulness and meditation is working - and within the system!!!

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    • Sarah Reece ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • 27 days ago

      Diagnoses were ment to be a shorthand way to communicate about patient experiences and to establish a formal meaning for terms. They have become something else, a noose, clusters of symptoms that poorly fit people's experiences, that reduce them to labels, and that predict years of dysfunction and loss. It's time for a new approach.

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    • karen taylo ISLE OF LEWIS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 27 days ago

      Because I see the destruction everyday of my working life that these diagnosis cause to the person and their family and how it covers the real problems the person is dealing with over so it never gets talked about or dealt with

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    • judith haire RAMSGATE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 27 days ago

      I've experienced the stress caused by a mental illness diagnosis and it's time these diagnoses were scrapped - they serve no useful purpose

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