Diagnosis: Harmful, or Helpful?

Read my newest post examining diagnosis in both bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder: 

 

Diagnosis: Harmful, or Beneficial? http://psych.ly/17p00Rf  via @psychcentral

 

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One thought on “Diagnosis: Harmful, or Helpful?

  1. Kat – Thanks for another thought-provoking blog. I agree with the assertion that a diagnosis is needed in order to get the appropriate treatment. This is especially true if the insurance company is involved with paying for services. However, a diagnosis doesn’t need to serve as a label. I once heard a friend say, “I am not a schizophrenic. I have schizophrenia.” There is a big difference between those two statements. Our granddaughter Ariana has been given a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Obviously, we don’t make her wear a sign that says “I have cerebral palsy,” but because of this diagnosis (and others), she is able to get the services she needs to live a better life.

    I wish I had known about my depression before alcohol and drug abuse took over my life, though I’m not sure it would have made a difference. I thank God every day that I made it out the other side of that nightmare.

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