Typically, when people are sick, they can count on their physician to perform a test to determine a medical diagnosis. But, when it comes to mental health issues, there are no tests available to accurately identify diagnoses. This makes getting an accurate mental health diagnosis challenging as psychiatric professionals must find alternative ways to identify a diagnosis. And, explains the reason why so many people may not get the accurate and effective treatment they require to feel better.
But, just because it’s difficult to get an accurate mental health diagnosis, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Or, that it’s any less important to obtain for effective treatment planning. That’s why it’s vital that people living with mental health issues and their loved ones get the quality care they need from experts who can provide accurate mental health diagnoses.
Getting an accurate mental health diagnosis is the first step to getting treatment and on the road to healing. And, a manageable life free from the disability symptoms mental health issues can drive.
Since there are no medical tests that determine mental health diagnoses, mental health professionals must utilize another way to identify a patient’s diagnosis. This way is by having the patient describe symptoms and use this information to identify what they may be experiencing. Fortunately, there is diagnostic material that’s helpful in utilizing this method of diagnosis. Specifically, the DSM-5 is the diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association. This diagnostic manual helps by listing diagnostic criteria which a person must experience for specific diagnoses to be made. For example, experiencing specific symptoms for certain lengths of time.
The diagnosis process takes skill and practice that only professional mental health specialists possess. Symptoms a person may be experiencing can be due to a number of things. So, only knowledgeable persons are able to recognize the patterns of behaviors needed to characterize certain conditions. Once a mental health professional gives a diagnosis, a patient can then begin to understand what to expect as far as treatment. And, you can begin to see what the future may look like as far as long term maintenance and potential threats to health. Furthermore, getting a diagnosis can be what a patient needs to qualify for government aid.
There are a number of reasons why getting an accurate mental health diagnosis is an important part of getting help. For one, it’s the first step in answering any questions you have about what you may be experiencing.
Here at Delray Center for Healing, we are committed to giving people peace of mind in providing accurate mental health diagnoses. This way, people and their families can know that they’re getting treatment that gives them the best chance of success and healing.
Do you think you or a loved one may have been misdiagnosed with a mental health condition? Or, do you need an initial diagnosis for yourself? In either case, we can help. Check out our locations and learn about the initial admissions process to understand more about what to expect when it comes to getting a diagnosis.
And, contact us today to ask us any questions you may have about getting your diagnosis. Call 888-699-5679. Or, simply write us a message right on our website so we can reach back out to you soon.
Since 2003, the Delray Center for Healing has provided exceptional psychiatric and therapeutic care for mental health, eating, and substance use disorders. To learn more about our philosophy and treatment approach, download our free e-book, “Psychiatry Redefined,” written by our founder and medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD.