Problems with Diagnostic Labeling

A valid point in the debate concerning over-diagnosis of psychological ailments (of interest to our blog because “labeled” individuals are increasingly prescribed medication as a first-choice treatment): “The diagnostic label describes neither a person nor any underlying pathological condition (“dysfunction”) …

Risks of Designer Drugs

NOTE: Abnormal psychology revolves around two major schools of thought to explain mental disorders: the “psychodynamic paradigm” and the “biological paradigm.” The psychodynamic paradigm focuses more on humanistic, cognitive and behavioral causes and effects, while the biological paradigm focuses on physical …

Depressed Preschoolers

“Mickey lies. Dreams don’t come true.” With this heartbreaking quote, Pamela Paul (author of Parenting, Inc.) introduces Kiran, a little boy who was diagnosed with depression at age five.  Paul’s article, Can Preschoolers be Depressed? (New York Times, 25 August 2010), …