Why Can Mental Illness Be So Hard to Diagnose?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Why Can Mental Illness Be So Hard to Diagnose?
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
The process of diagnosing mental illness can be frustrating. Frequently, someone experiencing a mental health crisis is well aware that something is wrong. Naturally, he or she wants answers. However, mental illness can be hard to diagnose.
It can take months, and sometimes years, for doctors to accurately diagnose a mental illness. Some reasons:
Symptoms of mental illnesses often overlap. Psychotic features, for example, are a part of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders as well as mood disorders, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders.
There are individual differences. While there are distinct criteria for and symptoms of every mental disorder (The DSM-5: The Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders), each person is unique. What depression is like for one person is a bit different for another.
With few exceptions, medical tests don't yet exist. While brain imaging can show how mental illness affects the brain, it's not used for diagnosis. Further, there are no blood or other lab tests to show a mental illness.
Receiving a diagnosis of mental illness can feel like nothing more than trial and error. While there is a degree of trial-and-error involved, it's educated, methodical trial-and-error. Diagnosis can be a difficult and frustrating process, but the process does involve progress on the road to recovery.
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- Mental Illness: Do Not Diagnose Yourself (pt. 1)
- Anxiety Disorders: Diagnostic Criteria
- Tips for Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety Disorders in Elderly People
- Bipolar Diagnosis and How to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorder Symptoms, Diagnosis
Today's Question: When you went through the mental illness diagnosis process, what were some frustrations and triumphs you experienced? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Relationship Between Bipolar and Anger / Aggression
- Eight Ways to Lower Party Anxiety During Summer Celebrations
- Finding the Right Exercise for Depression
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Be Happy with What You Have
- Hearing Voices in Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Families with Mental Illness: Plan Summer Fun on a Budget
- Three Myths Some Religious People Believe about Depression
- Three Easy Steps for You to Share PTSD Awareness
- The Truth about Paranoia, Extreme Anxiety and Delusions
- The Relationship Between Anxiety and Awe
- How Autism Treatments Are Changing — New Autism Treatments
- Ways to Make Food Your Friend in Eating Disorder Recovery
- Did Orlando Shooter Mateen Have Bipolar Disorder?
- Addiction Recovery and Staying Sober During Tragedy
- Becoming Your Own Mentor
- How to Use Positive Affirmations to Improve Your Self-Esteem
- Addiction Is a Behavior It’s Not about a Substance
- Mental Illness and Gun Violence: Stigma Teaches Fear
- When Good Things Happen and you Still Want To Binge
- How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Study: Exercise Can Help Adults Better Cope With ADHD Symptoms
- Stress Reduced With Art-Making, Regardless Of Skill Level
- Obesity Linked To Abnormal Reward Response To Sugary Foods
- Specific Gut Bacteria Reverse Autism-Like Behavior In Mice
- Exercising 4 Hours After Learning Boosts Memory
- Community-Based Programme Improves Depression In Chronic Pain Patients
- Sleepiness And Fatigue Linked To Brain Atrophy In Cognitively Normal Elderly
- Depression, Adverse Childhood Events And Sleep Disturbances Linked To Changes In The Immune System
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Peterson, T. (2016, August 17). Why Can Mental Illness Be So Hard to Diagnose?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, July 1 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/why-can-mental-illness-be-so-hard-to-diagnose