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Re: My thoughts on arm chair therapy

Posted by RealMe on January 5, 2008, at 14:26:29

I have found for me that it is very upsetting to say the least when I see people providing misinformation on very serious topics, especially when it concerns issues I might have. I just end up starting to feel really angry.

I decided some time ago to stay away from babble psycholgy until the first of the year, but now it is triggering me again because I see "stuff" that I know, as a psychologist, is just not so.

I just want to say that as far as I am concerned, the diagnosis on a piece of paper is not what is important. It has long been know that diagnosis for mental illness/mental disorders is not as precise as with physical disorders. That having een said, I don't try to self diagnose myself and know for a fact that my current diagnosis (on paper) includes one of my problems but not the whole ball of wax so to speak. I am glad that my T only uses Major Depressive Disorder and does not put anything down as a diagnosis for dissociative stuff (very general I know, but I do not want to get specific here anymore). The diagnosis is for the insurance company, and MDD is good enough for them to pay.

There is so much overlap with diagnoses, and various disorders have what looks like a similar presentation, and so I would never consider trying to diagnosis someone on the boards here or tell anyone that they must have this or that. Likewise, whatever one's diagnosis is, in my opinion, how one is dealing with their pain and life in general with the help of therapy is what is important.

I check in once in a "blue moon," but I am not really interested in getting into any heavy duty discussions. I am doing what I need to do in therapy, and my hope is for others to do the same. Wishing you well.





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