• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: therapy culture

Despite what the DSM implies, medical intervention is not always the answer to mental health issues

You don't need to be a mental health professional to take an interest in the recently published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Entrenched in a culture of workplace politics, or could it be you’re picking on me again?

A close inspection of the claims made about bullying indicates that what they refer to are everyday troubles of human existence.

Language of officialdom devalues ties with those we love and care for most

The words we use really matter, for they shape people's view of themselves and of their fellow citizens.

Breaking up is hard to do ... but children must learn to cope

The unrelenting expansion of the colonisation of childhood is one of the most far-reaching and potentially destructive forces at work in contemporary society.

Band of brothers under attack from the social engineers

The politicisation of the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype scandal means it is no longer about the inexcusable harassment of an individual female cadet but about political reputations and, ultimately, the ethos defining the military's way of life.

Individual difference suffers in the neverending explosion of mental illness

The eccentric loner, the incomprehensible maverick or the shy stranger lacking in social skills have become candidates for the psychiatrist's couch.

Social Inclusion Unit? Leave me out

Far from being a desirable objective, social inclusion is an unusually vapid idea.

The strong rise from the ashes

In the immediate aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centre, an army of mental health professionals flooded into New York in search of distressed and traumatised victims.

Dwelling on past injuries only distracts us from present and future possibilities

The project of rewriting history is motivated by the impulse of reconstructing Australia's cultural identity.

Abandon all responsibility ye who are hooked on sex addiction

There was a time when Ryan Giggs's bedroom adventures would have been described as promiscuous. Today, they are likelier to be represented as a marker for a disease.

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