07-09-2018 12:55 AM
In recent years there has been growing interest in offering alternative systems to psychiatric diagnoses.
Here are a couple of articles that introduce some of these ideas. One is about an alternative called "psychological formulation" which is offered by a growing number of psychologists (particularly in Britain). The other is by a psychiatrist, who reflects on the way things are and how psychiatry might move beyond the current paradigm.
Formulation - the Psychological Alternative to Diagnosis
Psychiatry Beyond the Current Paradigm
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24-10-2018 01:12 PM
Hi @Fredd50 - sorry to hear that you haven't been doing so well, what are some of the things that you do to look after yourself?
Thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts on this. Like you, we are also really pleased to hear about the call for a royal commission into the mental health system and here would work to make sure that people with a lived experience and their carers had their voices heard.
24-10-2018 02:35 PM
28-11-2018 12:18 AM
It was good to read your posts @Fredd50
I will check articles later.
The forum acts share ideas and give support to people who are suffering.
Sometimes the desire to project a helpful optimistic service is at odds with dealing with the contentious issues around mental health and illness.
Sorry you have had a hard time recently, but I am glad that you have had some good supports.
I was posting about Psychological Formulations after I did a UK course in caring for people with Psychosis.
Life is not getting any simpler .....
28-11-2018 01:21 AM
Yes, I didn't actually remember making those posts ;-?
I had a very rough time, going up to visit family and deciding to open the door to some very long repressed anger. It was difficult but ultimately a pretty important learning experience. The anger had lingered in the background as some terrifying 'other self' but it's pretty much just passed now with a lot more clarity. It's about the first time in my life I have just not felt angry anymore as opposed to pushing the anger away/down because it felt terrifying and/or wrong.
I'm a bit cringing at the venom in those posts, so my apologies if they came across badly.
I wasn't sure from your post if you were saying life wasn't getting any simpler because you were busy a lot, or because there was such an abundance of alternatives or because psychological formulation didn't really answer anything for you?
To be honest, if it was the latter I didn't get much out of it either, except a moment of gratification at the principle. I mentioned it to my psychiatrist and we tried it and it proceeded to be quite frustrating and simplistic ;-) Things have been getting slowly simpler for me as they slowly find their place a bit more organically, without preconceptions although reading all of these things does help a lot with developing lots of different perspectives, each one seems somehow validating and another piece of the puzzle.
how have things been going for you?
28-11-2018 01:42 AM
I found your posts honestly portraying difficulties .... with insight .... ahem ... but thats only my opinion and it does not count a lot in the broad scheme of things. lol
Re Life not getting simpler ....
It seems to be more complicated in the level of technology ad understanding needed to flourish ... more complicated for young people.
In many ways I am simplifying things ... but that is my active attitude after I have been able to sort out the basics .. getting long in the tooth ... lol ..... so now I can do more of what I like ... rather than struggle to provide all the many needs.
Re - formulations - they are better than just handing out pills without grappling with a patients lived experience.
Its late and I am supposed to take the sleep at night thing seriously ... lol
Take Care and Good Night
28-11-2018 01:58 AM
thanks for your lovely insights and goodnight
I agree re: formulation, I liked the PTM network too-though still slowly working through the 180 page book of it ;-). As far as frameworks go they make much more sense then olde worlde diagnosis and are a blessing - open dialogue is very good too. I am just very spoiled with my people at the moment and get to read these things and sythesise something individualised out of all the influences. They are much better to work through than any diagnositic lens I agree though I do hope that one day everyone does get to truly experience the 'person centred' approach, not just in name.
sweet dreams :-)
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