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Is severe emotional disturbances diagnosable by friends?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Friends

True friends can likely tell when something is wrong, but only a professional can competently diagnose.
A full psychiatric referral is indicated, along with possible medication, and psychotherapy, appropriate to the diagnosis.

In brief: Friends

True friends can likely tell when something is wrong, but only a professional can competently diagnose.
A full psychiatric referral is indicated, along with possible medication, and psychotherapy, appropriate to the diagnosis.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Friends, be friends!

Only a trained professional who is not family/friend can diagnose.
Observations from well meaning, caring & knowledgeable family/friend can be helpful to the diagnostic process but outside of a professional exam, diagnosis and labels are best avoided. Any professional can do diagnosis, but not anybody can be friend! so friends, be friends! you're needed & irreplaceable as such!

In brief: Friends, be friends!

Only a trained professional who is not family/friend can diagnose.
Observations from well meaning, caring & knowledgeable family/friend can be helpful to the diagnostic process but outside of a professional exam, diagnosis and labels are best avoided. Any professional can do diagnosis, but not anybody can be friend! so friends, be friends! you're needed & irreplaceable as such!
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Thank
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