There is no medical test that can provide a diagnosis of mental illness. A health care professional can do a number of things in an evaluation including a physical exam and long term monitoring to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. The diagnosis is an important tool for you and your doctor. Doctors and therapists use a diagnosis to advise you on treatment options and future health risks. Another reason a diagnosis matters is that it tells health insurance companies that you have a condition requiring medical care. A doctor’s diagnosis is also necessary to qualify for Social Security disability support or for job protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Diabetes can be addressed holistically, emphasizing diet, exercise, medications, mental health

“We are realizing that there is a very big part of the diabetes that is also mental health. So there may be anxiety and depression associated with the diagnosis. We have a behavioral specialist who can address that and talk about how a patient is coping with the diagnosis, how their families are coping with Read more

Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes

This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?

Burden of physical health conditions linked to increased risk of suicide

Many people who die by suicide do not have a prior mental health diagnosis, which means that patients at an increased risk for self-harm are somehow being missed by the mainstream healthcare system. In an attempt to gain some insight into the disturbing rise in suicide rates and possible novel interventions, researchers examined whether there Read more

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