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Re: to clarify All Done

Posted by Penny on February 11, 2004, at 11:45:34

In reply to to clarify, posted by All Done on February 11, 2004, at 11:32:16

Usually, I think the main thing a dx is used for is insurance purposes. Your new pdoc will decide for himself most likely what your dx is. A therapist can diagnose too, and the T's dx doesn't necessarily have to match up with the pdoc's dx.

My dx is "Mood Disorders - Not Otherwise Specified". I used to know the DSM-IV numbers, but no longer. My former T dxed me with "Major Depressive Disorder - Recurrent" and "Dysthymic Disorder". My current T asked what my pdoc had dxed me with - I told her, and she said, "Well, I'll go with that, as it doesn't really matter - I just have to have something to put on the insurance forms."

IMO, your diagnosis doesn't really matter - the doc or therapist should be treating you based on what you tell them, not going by the book based on a diagnosis. Not to mention that DSM diagnoses aren't always agreed upon as being accurate by different docs. They use it anyway, but it's just a label.

P


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