diagnosis

It’s true, as Sandie Hobley points out, that ‘labels open doors’ for children with Special Educational Needs (February issue). But doors should open regardless of diagnosis. Nor should...

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The webinar outlines a novel approach to understanding and supporting people with emotional difficulties. It begins with an understanding of emotions as normal human phenomena that serve...

I was impressed by Lauren McGregor’s piece on neurodevelopmental diagnosis and the problem of satisfying the parents’ need to have a label when their child is experiencing...

More openness is needed within the psychology professions about psychologists’ and our families’ experiences both of mental health difficulties and of services. Lived experience can be an asset in our work. We therefore applaud Dr Annie Hickox’s openness in this regard (...

It’s because of my ADHD. That’s how a teacher reported that one of her students would explain their behaviour to others. I was interviewing the teacher as part of the assessment of this young person by a CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Pathway. The young person did not yet have a...

It is just over 40 years since Monte Shapiro retired from the Institute of Psychiatry where, until three years earlier, he had been the head of the psychology service to the Maudsley Hospital and the clinical training course. He made contributions both to research and to...

This groundbreaking text suggests that we should radically rethink and challenge the culture of psychiatric diagnosis. It approaches the topic from a range of perspectives including chapters from counsellors, clinical psychologists, survivors, activists and academics. The...

Some people, some colleagues, express frustration at the long-running debates over the use of diagnosis in mental health care. Conventional psychiatric practice now routinely and publicly avows that (for example): “mental...

Before reading this book I thought the crisis in mental health was due to a lack of funding, lack of focus and a dogged dependence on cognitive behavioural therapy. The book did not dispel any of these thoughts. It simply placed them in a larger landscape surrounded by, and...

Ahmed Samei Huda, consultant psychiatrist specialising in early intervention, has an openness of approach on social media that is also evident in his book. Huda’s thoughtful responses to difficult questions from service users and professionals on Twitter is mirrored in his...