Published on Mar 1, 2020
Lucy Johnstone discusses mental health, diagnosis and formulation.
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Mental health diagnosis leaves individuals feeling helpless and defective, rather than aiding them in understanding the causes of their condition. In this interview, clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone discusses how ‘formulation’, as opposed to diagnosis, gives individuals a collaborative role in making sense the nature of their mental state, focused on their experiences and the causes of their trauma. Such an approach, she explains, shifts the focus from ‘what’s wrong with me’ to ‘what’s happened to me’.
Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of ‘Users and abusers of psychiatry’, and co-editor of ‘Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people’s problems’ and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’. Former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and lead author of ‘Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation’.
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