How to diagnose if not diagnosed

06 Aug
Ayushi Jolly

Hello everyone!

Hope you all doing well!

We all are associated with the profession of mental health. We are aware that if some one is going through some mental issue,it can be counseled upon and can be diagnosed. Thereafter, it can be treated accordingly. However, there are so many cases where the problem is not experienced enough times to get diagnosed but the individual faces disruption in normal functioning. What can be done in such cases? How can we help if the problem is little but interfering,not only as psychologists but also as fellow humans who notice that the ither person is facing problems?

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  • Anushree Nandi
    Anushree Nandi   Aug 08, 2017 10:33 AM
    A mental health diagnosis involves many steps, beginning with an evaluation by a doctor or other mental health professional if symptoms of mental illness are present. The evaluation will begin with questions about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exammay be performed. Although there are no laboratory tests to specifically diagnose mental illness, doctors may use various tests to make sure something else isn't causing the symptoms. If no other illness is found, you may be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional who is specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses.
    Psychiatrists and psychologists use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for a mental illness. The doctor bases his or her diagnosis on the person's report of symptoms -- including any social or functional problems caused by the symptoms -- and his or her observation of the person's attitudes and behavior. The doctor then determines if the person's symptoms and degree of disability point to a diagnosis of a specific disorder.
    The standard manual used by experts for the diagnosis of recognized mental illness in the U.S. is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), which is compiled by the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Heena Sheth
    Heena Sheth   Aug 07, 2017 08:24 PM

    Hi, Ayushi!
     Your question is very apt and thanks for raising it on this forum. We're human beings and it is our responsibility to help other humans when they face a problem. That is one of the functions of us living in a society. Coming to your question, I think it is very important for humans to help out others, not only because they have been trained in that field, but as a trait of us being humans.

    In today's time, mental issues are emerging to gain the attention of the masses, but there are many cases where these problems don't crop up as disorders but as small problems that require immediate attention to be nipped in the bud.

    In order to help the person come back to normal functioning the first thing which one can do is talk to them about it. Ask questions like "Hey, you seem to be a little lost these days. Is something bothering you?" or "I've been wanting to ask you how are you doing lately?" or such questions. Sometimes the person will resist from opening up to you because we've never been encouraged to talk about mental health and our problems in general, but it's important for us to make sure that the person concerned knows that we are here for him/her. Sometimes all it takes is just a conversation. Sometimes all a person needs is someone to listen to them.

    Hope this helped.

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