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

December 10, 2012 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 Health Diagnosis

December 10, 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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Some Observations on Mental Illness

December 10, 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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Dual Dilemma: When Addiction & Mental Illness Combine

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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The key to treatment success is an integrated approach: One treatment team treats both illnesses using an integrated treatment plan.

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A Model of Mental Illness

September 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It may help in understanding how the problems that plague some of us throughout life may have come about. And hopefully, in doing so, remove a bit the shame and stigma that often accompanies such problems.

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Three Basic Questions

September 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Diabetics and heart patients are asked to make changes in lifestyle to reduce the risk of future crisis. Therapy is sometimes used to support those changes.

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