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Published on Jul 25, 2011
Normal' versus 'abnormal'. 'Healthy' versus 'diseased'. 'Balanced' versus 'imbalanced'. This discussion-based workshop examines the ways that psychiatric labels shape how people find meaning and cultivate identity. Is it empowering or disempowering to embrace a DSM label? Do these classifications bring you closer to or further away from who you really are? Paula J. Caplan will, among other things, focus on the way that the kneejerk diagnosing of war-traumatized veterans as mentally ill is causing massive and serious harm and actually throwing up barriers to their healing. This talk was given as part of the "Creating Connections through Dialogue" conference in Beverly, MA. June 10-12, 2011. For more information, see www.power2u.org.
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist; Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, and Associate, DuBois Institute, both at Harvard University; author of 12 books, including When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans and They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal; and a playwright, actor, and director. She writes a blog for Psychology Today. Her websites are whenjohnnyandjanecomemarching.weebly.com, psychdiagnosis.net, and paulajcaplan.net