Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge University Hospitals
Huw Green is a clinical psychologist working in neuropsychology at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He writes the Psychodiagnosticator blog.
Psychiatry and psychotherapy
A psychiatric diagnosis can be more than an unkind ‘label’
Deluded, with reason
Extraordinary beliefs don’t arise in a vacuum. They take root in minds confronted by unusual and traumatic experiences
Several comments here (for which thankyou all!) circle around the anxiety of a kind of diagnostic over-reach. Jim Ranni questions the possibility of defining delusion at all, given the apparent insanity of the culture at large; Anita Spinks raises a worry about being “deluded” by misinformation, and Lauren Dove cautions us against assuming delusion wherever we see the apparently bizarre in peoples’ ideas.
These are significant philosophical/sociological problems, and I certainly don’t have a satisfactory answer to them. From what I understand most psychiatrists don’t think they do either. History can of course supply examples of the political misuse of a diagnosis of psychosis to i...