diagnosis

PTSD MEMOIR - Part 4

December 13th, 2014

PTSD is an environmentally inflicted mental disorder. It is unique because it is a direct result of traumatic events that happen in a person's experience and, for this reason, the issues that are r

MENTAL ILLNESS DEFINED

December 6th, 2014

There have been occasions when the definition of mental illness has been challenged in my office.  Not that the people challenging did not believe that mental illness exists, rather they wanted it

PTSD MEMOIR - Part 3

November 9th, 2014

PTSD is an unusual psychiatric diagnosis in many respects.  Most unusual is the first of the diagnostic criteria because it requires at least one of three specific events to have occurred to

PTSD MEMOIR - Part 2

November 1st, 2014

If you happened to be in the East Village, New York, in 1967, you might have seen a haunted, frightened, skinny kid wandering the streets.  That would have been one of the homeless, ragtag kids pas

PTSD Memoir - Part 1

October 11th, 2014

In the previous posts, I have entered my objections to the way PTSD is defined in the diagnostic literature and also discussed potential problems I see in traditional treatments.  To move ahead, I