Professional Diagnosis Critical in Mental Illness - Video

March 30, 2011 Natasha Tracy

It's tempting to think that because we read a list of symptoms for a mental illness, we can diagnose ourselves. We might think that taking a self-test online indicates the presence of an illness, or lack thereof. These things, however, are simply not the case.

Mental Illness Diagnosis Should Come From Trained Professional

Mental illness symptom lists and self-assessments makes it tempting to diagnose ourselves. But only a doctor can properly diagnose mental illness. Watch this.Diagnosing a mental illness is more than matching symptoms to experiences (How to Diagnose Mental Illness). Diagnosis takes into account your history as well as atypical symptoms or illness indicators you may not be aware of and may not be listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

No matter who your talk to and what you read online, a professional still has to properly assess you for the presence of a mental illness.

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Tracy, N. (2011, March 30). Professional Diagnosis Critical in Mental Illness - Video, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate, and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. She's also the host of the podcast Snap Out of It! The Mental Illness in the Workplace Podcast.

Natasha is also unveiling a new book, Bipolar Rules! Hacks to Live Successfully with Bipolar Disorder, mid-2024.

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Natasha Tracy
June, 3 2012 at 8:12 am

Hi Tracy,
I know you're in a hard position right now - having to testify against a loved one is very difficult, to say the least.
I would recommend:
1. Telling the truth to the best of your ability. Simply say what happened and let the courts sort it out. Remember, your brother has a defence attorney and it's his job to protect him, not yours.
2. Get in contact with victim's services. The police or a lawyer can point you in that direction if you don't know how. These people can help you deal with the trauma of being a victim and make no mistake about it, if you're feeling distress (understandably) it's OK to reach out and ask for help.
I hope that helps.
- Natasha Tracy

June, 2 2012 at 7:51 pm

Would like some advise my brother is bypoliar he punched me in the face. And now I have to go to court he says I attacked him and he is violent and. Don't know what to do

Dr Musli Ferati
April, 2 2011 at 8:16 pm

Definition on mental well-being is a sensible matter for everyone and everywhere. Even it has reliable and accurate criterion in psychiatric practice, setting of diagnosis to any mental disorder maintains still problematic issue. Most of people with mental disorders accept with uncertainly the psychiatric diagnosis. There are many of them that disregard the same, because it may cause undesirable consequences for personal, professional and social status of mentally ill person. So, professional diagnosis of mental illness presents more life difficulties than it used to think. This handicap in daily psychiatric practice is the main obstacle in current Mentally Health service, because psychiatric patient hesitate the submission to authentic psychiatric treatment. This phenomenon, in other words, is recognized as feeble compliance and inadherence to psychiatric medication.

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