Human Rights Day Dec. 10: Freedom from Psychiatric Labeling | Psychology Today

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D is a clinical and research psychologist, is an Associate at Harvard University’s DuBois Institute. Paula Caplan has worked tirelessly for years to bring awareness to the issues of psychitric harm caused by “diagnosis”.

Today I’d like to direct your attention to her efforts to Human Rights Day in the context of freedom from being “marked” as “disabled” and “defective” by way of psychiatric diagnosis.

Todays post is an excerpt from her most recent essay:

It was time for action, so earlier this year, nine people filed ethics complaints with the APA against the APA itself (publisher and beneficiary of the more than $100 million in profits from the current DSM) and the DSM editors and past and current officers who still belong to the APA. The complainants reported the terrible range of kinds of harm they had suffered because of being diagnosed. They had been going through difficult and upsetting times when they were labeled, but not every upset in life warrants the term “mental disorder,” and according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is illegal to treat people who do not have disabilities as though they have disabilities as it is to fail to provide reasonable accommodations for people who do have them. The DSM and its sister, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD: published by the World Health Organization and being extremely similar in its psychiatric section to the DSM), powerfully promote the classification of virtually anyone with virtually any kind of feeling as mentally ill. (emphasis mine)

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