The apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry

By Brent Potter, PhD — I am grateful to be alive during to see the apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry. Honestly, I didn’t think that I’d see anything like it in my lifetime. It was looking pretty daunting for a while, but we’re not only making substantial progress, but winning. — Please don’t mistake me—we have plenty more to do. We’re not in the clear yet, but we’re light years ahead of where we were roughly 20 years ago. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

‘Borderline Personality Disorder’, the Failure of Psychiatry and Emergence

By Jacqueline Gunn, PsyD and Brent Potter, PhD
This work stands out as distinct from all other books written on ‘borderline personality disorder’ and other so-called psychiatric diseases. We do not assume that BPD is what is outlined in the DSM and the literature on psychopathology. At no time do we refer to it as a diagnosis or psychiatric disease. This is why you will repeatedly see ‘borderline personality disorder’ in single quotation marks. It isn’t a thing, like a disorder residing solely in the brain organ of an individual. An individual only takes up possibilities disclosed to him or her by the cultural-historical environment. To say otherwise would be to say that the individual creates them out of nothing which, of course, would be absurd. Since distressing states of mind are variations of common human experience, they are expressed in typical ways. For these reasons, we do not consider ‘borderline personality disorder’ in a decontextualized fashion. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Scarlet Label (Borderline Personality Disorder)

By Brent Potter PhD
The diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of most mental health providers. It is unquestionably one of the most stigmatizing and overused diagnoses in existence. Often diagnosing someone with this label is a clinical punch in the gut to the client and also a means of communicating warning to other clinicians. It is the 21st century version of the scarlet letter. … [click on title to read and view more]

Elements of Self-Destruction

Introducing a new book by Dr. Brent Potter.

By Brent Potter PhD — Director for the Society for Laingian Studies

Elements of Self-Destruction

“You have to diagnose her now,” my colleague said. “What? I just met with her for an hour-and-a-half. Plus, I’m off the clock in ten minutes.” The response: “It is procedure here that the assessment, diagnosis, and paperwork be completed and turned in directly after the intake session.” It was my first assessment at my first job as a clinician. I felt no sense of reassurance as I, the dutiful new employee, plopped myself down and thumbed through the DSM, the so-called diagnostic ‘Bible’ of mental health. I had 10 minutes left and, mercifully, the DSM provided highly simplistic ways to diagnose. For those without time to read—apparently I was not the only one—it had convenient little boxes with bullet points.