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British Psychological Society

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia'

Allen Frances | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I don't trust clinicians who restrict themselves to reductionistic diagnostic interviews, but I also don't trust clinicians who can't make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis and empathy are necessary partners in any therapeutic relationship, fully complementary and in no way incompatible.

Pro and Con: The British Psychological Society Report on Psychosis

Allen Frances | Posted 02.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I agree that it is crucial to attend to the psychological and emotional meaning of all experiences and understand the social context in which they occur. But I do worry that the report creates its own set of unintended problems and may inadvertently perpetuate rather than dispel confusion and stigma, especially for those who have the most severely impairing of psychotic experiences.

Why Athletes 'Choke' Under Pressure

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living

They spend countless hours practicing and competing, but all it takes is one moment to dash hopes of a gold medal, a championship trophy or a personal...

Does It Make Sense to Scrap Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

I am always skeptical of suggested new 'paradigm shifts' and worry that ambitiously striving for them will wind up causing more harm than good.

The Inmates Seem to Have Taken Over the Asylum

Allen Frances | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We have entered a truly remarkable silly season of interacting absurdities committed by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the British Psychological Society. May, it turns out, is the cruelest month for mental health.