For the next few weeks, we will be doing a series to help you better understand the question: What is a mental health diagnosis. I think sometimes people get bogged down by the term: mental health and then we add diagnosis to it and it feels overwhelming. We hope this series will help you to better understand what a mental health diagnosis means.
Let’s begin with Mental Health…it basically means a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.
Diagnosis on the other hand is…the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms.
Therefore Mental Health Diagnosis is the identification of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. It is difficult to fix a problem if we are unsure of the exact problem.
A mental health diagnosis is usually provided after an
- A physical exam. Your doctor will try to rule out physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
- Lab tests. These may include, for example, a check of your thyroid function or a screening for alcohol and drugs.
- A psychological evaluation.
Usually, results are given within days or weeks of evaluations and next steps are determined by you, your physician, psychiatrist and or therapists.