Mental Health and Gun Violence

August 19, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

I’m all in favor of wider access to good mental health care, and since drug and alcohol problems are included, I thought this might be an opportunity to point out some serious flaws in this approach.


Opioids and Mental Health Diagnoses

August 3, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

This goes back to a problem in assessing pain. There’s no physical test for what is essentially a subjective experience.

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Are Video Games Addictive?

April 13, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Isn’t that a bit like the drinker who insists he’s fine except that he just drinks a whole lot more than other people?

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A System That Isn’t One

July 16, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

It makes little sense to criticize our “system” of mental health care, when it’s only a system in some places. In the national sense, it isn’t a system at all, and never has been.

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Mental Illness: The Dilemma of Diagnosis

April 15, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In spite of the advances, science still struggles to understand the disease process that underlies most disorders.

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DSM5 – The Great Debaters

March 18, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In a sense we’re just describing disorders that we only partly understand.

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More on Mental Illness: Genetics

March 13, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

As a general rule, the better the causes of a disease are understood, the more effective the treatments will be.

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Retrain Your Brain: Scripting

January 16, 2013 by Cecile

Language– the words we choose for our self-talk– has a powerful influence on our brain function. Words can help us re-shape the cycle of feelings, impulses, and behaviors.

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Some Observations on Mental Illness

December 18, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Therapy we might see as fiddling with the ‘software’. Not so different from treating a chronic disease such as diabetes, where education and counseling improve outcomes.

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Some Observations on Mental Health Diagnosis

December 17, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Another common criticism is that the diagnostic system dehumanizes clinical care, leading us to think about disorders rather than people.

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