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Re: How or why do Dx's change? floatingbridge

Posted by SLS on August 26, 2009, at 7:26:13

In reply to How or why do Dx's change?, posted by floatingbridge on August 25, 2009, at 18:35:26

> Recently my Dx was changed from bp nos to mdd recurrent, trd.

Have you ever had a manic episode, whether spontaneous or drug induced?

I like PartlyCloudy's idea to keep a mood chart. I would recommend recording your mood states for longer than 30 days. You might consider using a mood chart indefinitely; at least until you are satisfied that you are being treated adequately.

You can try this one:

http://www.slschofield.com/medicine/mood_chart_beam.pdf

You will need to have an Adobe PDF file viewer to view and print the chart. You can find that here:

http://get.adobe.com/reader/

If you are really into charting, you can use a life chart to reconstruct your history of mental illness. This was first recommended by the folks at the NIMH, NIH many years ago, and is now a regular part of their program. A life chart makes diagnosis a lot easier.

http://www.slschofield.com/medicine/mood_chart_nimh_r.pdf

Diagnosis can aid in treatment. However, with some doctors, it can hinder treatment. You need to have a doctor who is fluid in his evaluation of the patient as more information is collected regarding response to treatment.


- Scott

 

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