Browsing All posts tagged under »Mental Health«

Joan Larsen Writes: No Stiff Upper Lip – Prince Harry Speaks Candidly and Emotionally About His Life Struggles

April 19, 2017


By Joan Larsen In a voice that is both moving and articulate, England’s Prince Harry has only now come out to the world – to us – about his severe emotional problems following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Still struggling in his late twenties – almost two decades after losing his mum – […]

Elliot Rodger’s Frustration: Should We Teach Awkward Kids How NOT to Socialize?

June 2, 2014


Painful and embarrassing as it would be, kindly telling a socially inept person exactly and specifically what they are doing to drive people away might just change their lives.   As the fallout continues to settle after Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage, one aspect of the case stands out, an aspect that we have seen […]

The Santa Barbara Rampage: Guns Were Not the Problem

May 26, 2014


A desperately unhappy and angry young man goes on a deadly rampage using a knife, his car, and guns as his weapons. But we’ll only agonize over the guns… not the car, not the knife, and not the man. A very lonely and unhappy Elliot Rodger, angry at years of perceived slights, jealous of others’ […]

More Evidence that Many “ADHD Sufferers” are Just Unmindful

May 16, 2014


Yep, I said it. I have always strongly suspected that ADHD is a vastly over-diagnosed disorder thanks to the demands of harried parents, exasperated teachers, and a medical business culture that incentivizes prescriptions and treatments. Don’t get me wrong. I am certain that there is a very small minority out there who actually have empirically […]

ADHD: Medical Problem, or Parenting Problem?

April 4, 2013


I am more convinced than ever that ADHD is over-diagnosed for the convenience of adults. The headlines are not helping my bad attitude toward ADHD diagnoses.  On Monday, CBS News published a story titled “Report: 11 Percent of School-Aged Kids Diagnosed With ADHD.”   On the exact same day,  Medpage Today carried the headline, “Parent Training […]

Individuality vs. Illness: Are We “Diagnosing” Ourselves Into a Bland Monoculture?

December 7, 2012


This week we looked at a few of the controversial changes coming up in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  I’d like to close out the week by asking the general question:  just what is a disorder?  On the great, multi-dimensional continuum of infinite human variation, just where does […]