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What do doctors do to diagnose you with a mental disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mental: Comprehensive initial assessment, thorough history, and complete medical workup.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
"Mental disorder": "mental" means brain activity that effects emotions, thinking and behavior. As brain effects the whole body, "mental" issues can alter the activity of every system in the body. If a doctor suspects a patient has a "mental" disorder (illness), e.g. Depression, s/he will ask many questions about your past and present experiences, illnesses, treatments, and run blood and urine tests. Seek wellness!

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How do doctors diagnose a mental illness?

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Mental illness: Thorough Personal & Family history, Mental status examination, and formulation following diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5 manual.
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Who can diagnose a mental disorder?

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Mental Illness: It helps to figure out the type of the mental do & how to treat it.
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What happens if you are diagnosed with a mental disorder?

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You should: you should see a psychiatrist and talk about what treatment options are and what your progression may be. can also talk about what to expect.
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What is the process of diagnosing and how are doctors so sure of what mental disorder you have?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. Doctors aren't always sure.

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