Diagnostic Breakthrough for Mental Illness
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of clinical psychology/psychiatry is patient diagnosis. The job of the doctor is to properly interpret the patient’s medical history and subjective reports and then determine what possible psychiatric conditions match those listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This job becomes even more difficult when a differential diagnosis must be made based upon symptoms that fit multiple psychiatric illnesses. For example, schizophrenia and extreme cases of bipolar disorder might present with very similar symptoms, making a definitive diagnosis nearly impossible. Read Full Article.