Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Academic journal article Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Editorial

Article excerpt

All five articles in this issue take into account the United States' harmful prevailing mental health practices. The authors demonstrate helpful ways of understanding and practicing, instead of complying with the harmful practices, most notably prescription psychotropic drugs.

The first article, by Spence, Rose, and Tucker, provides a revealing examination of unresolved trauma in a Vietnam War veteran with complex, multifaceted posttraumatic stress disorder. It illustrates what needs to be understood far more fully than is usually even attempted in standard diagnosis and treatment. What is helpful versus harmful is clearly indicated.

The second article, by Jonathan Prousky, addresses counseling male members of Canadian armed services and features a nurturance-based approach to counter traditional masculine ideology, introduced via "skill-building for success in life." The author shows that understanding the context of the men's lives is vital, in contrast to relying on simple diagnosis and treatment based on symptoms.

The third article, by Lietz, Lacasse, and Cheung, is a detailed case study approach to serious mental illness, showing highly successful treatment manifests in a woman's relationships, work, accomplishments, and general functioning ability that were newly acquired in the process of effective psychotherapy. Previous use of psychotropic medications, as some studies have suggested, had been a severe handicap-as were her conflicting multiple diagnoses. …

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