Why is a correct diagnosis so important in mental health?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

When you decide to visit your doctor in Virginia for recommendations for frustrations and concerns you are experiencing with your mental health, the last thing you want to hear is that you have a disability that is the source of your discomfort. Even more alarming is if you find out later on that the diagnosis you were given is in fact, incorrect and not anything close to the reason you were feeling unwell in the first place.

While misdiagnoses are dangerous all across the board, mental health mistakes can be even more costly. If you are experiencing one thing, but are being given treatment or medication for something completely different, your overall wellbeing will suffer exponentially. According to Bridges to Recovery, your reliance on professionals who utilize an in-depth psychological assessment is critical to your finding out exactly what you have. 

Psychiatrists have the tools, education and resources necessary to put you through a detailed evaluation that will provide clarity about your condition and what can be done to alleviate the frustration you are feeling. Used based upon the understanding that the results are merely a foundation for your treatment, professionals can assess which medications, interventions and therapy support will be the most effective in treating your individual condition. Outside of your diagnosis and treatment, it is critical that your doctors regularly assess your progress to determine that you are indeed responding to the treatment and seeing improvements in your overall wellbeing. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.