Medicalization

Sexual Addiction: The Latest Fad Diagnosis

"How convenient for the philanderer to hide behind the medical excuse. 'My addiction made me do it' is the modern equivalent and substitute for 'the devil made me do it.' Personal responsibility is easily dissolved when behavioral choices become fake psychiatric illnesses." – Allen...


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Brain Scanning the Las Vegas Shooter: An Exercise in Neurohubris

An article in the February 9, 2018, edition of The New York Times describes a post-mortem examination of the brain of Stephen Paddock, the madman who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in American history.

The examination was conducted by Stanford University neuropathologist Hannes Vogel, The results were less than remarkable, but totally predictable. According to the Times, Dr. Vogel stated, "With a...


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The Myth of Dissociative Identity Disorder

This article originally appeared on the website of Psychology Today on October 4, 2017. It is republished here in revised form.
"Having seen hundreds of patients who claimed to house multiple personalities, I have concluded that the diagnosis is always (or at least almost always)...


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