MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICATION
There is much conversation now about mental health. There are so many issues involved with a diagnosis. This blog will address some of my concerns.
Evaluation, Misdiagnosis, and Incorrect Medication
So many people need help, but there aren’t enough practitioners. Those who are accepting patients are often so overbooked that they are quick to diagnose patients.
For example, bipolar disorder is the psychiatric diagnosis of the decade. If a practitioner is quick to judge bipolar, they may overlook severe anxiety or ADHD.
Another example, let’s say you went to a doctor who diagnosed cancer. The doctor would send you to many specialists. Lots of tests and doctor visits might come up with a complete diagnosis.
Most mental health practitioners provide a diagnosis on the same visit, then prescribe medication for that particular diagnosis. No long evaluation process or tests are run.
Then the patient might be on a drug to treat the wrong condition. That could become a severe problem if it’s not compatible with the correct diagnosis. Putting someone on a bipolar medication who is ADHD could create many other psychiatric problems that didn’t exist before.
The purpose of this blog is to remind everyone who is having mental health problems to get a proper evaluation. This could often take 3 or more appointments.
Counseling should also be part of the treatment plan. Finding a therapist who meets your needs is like finding the right pair of shoes. You may have to try on many to find the right and comfortable fit.
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Bless all who are having to go through this process.
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