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Posted by phidippus on October 8, 2017, at 16:23:08

Mental diagnosis are no different than any other diagnosis, say cancer. If you get certain physical symptoms you get a diagnosis of cancer. If you get certain mental symptomsone earns a diagnosis of a mental illnes (and mental illness is based on biological factors just like cancer). If we called cancer herpes, it wouldn't be treated right, so it goes with mental illness. We have to label mental illness just like any other illness. Symptoms are stereotypical for a disorder and symptoms need to be grouped in order to distinguish disorders. OCD and bipolar disorder have very different symptoms and its important to be able to communicate the differences between each disorder through the use of labels. If oneconcentrated on treating symptoms, theymay not treat the illness properly. For example if one focused on treating depressive symptoms in a bipolar patient they may use antidepressants which can worsen mood in bipolar patients. If I were to just treat the symptom of a cough in one with lung cancer they would die. Labeling mental illness helps providers see the big picture and better treat patients. Mental illness is labeled according to the DSM-V which "is published by theAmerican Psychiatric Association(APA) and offers a common language and standard criteria for theclassification of mental disorders. It is used, or relied upon, by clinicians, researchers,psychiatric drugregulation agencies,health insurancecompanies,pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers together with alternatives such as theICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, produced by theWHO."By design, the DSM is primarily concerned with the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, rather than the underlying causes. It claims to collect them together based on statistical or clinical patterns. As such, it has been compared to a naturalist's field guide to birds, with similar advantages and disadvantages. Many criticisms exist of the DSM (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders#Criticism)but it is important that such a standard exists and can provide a framework for the understanding of mental illness. Being labeled bipolar or schizophrenic only means your doctors have a better idea of where to start treating you


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